Re: AW: Break backwards compatibility already: it’s time. Ignore the haters. I trust you.

Andrew Gallagher andrewg at
Tue May 22 11:55:36 CEST 2018

On 22/05/18 10:44, Fiedler Roman wrote:
> Such a tool might then e.g. be used on a MitM message reencryption
> gateway: the old machines still send messages with old
> (deprecated/legacy options), they are transformed by "gpg-archive":
> The full data (old message, old decrypt report, reencrypted
> plaintext) go to the auditing storages, the reencrypted plaintext to
> the standard (before MitM) receiver (who does not need to support
> legacy/deprecated from now on anymore).

I don't think we should be encouraging the automated or transparent use
of legacy crypto upgrades, particularly in an online setting such as a
mail gateway. All this does is launder the obviously-dangerous bad
ciphertext into an apparently-safe new ciphertext.

Andrew Gallagher

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