Your Thoughts

Ryan McGinnis ryan at
Mon Jul 1 23:55:38 CEST 2019

Null modem transfer of your messages?  Yikes.  To me that’s the issue with PGP in general as it relates to secure communications - the nerds and the criminals and the spies know how to work it, but your average end user doesn’t need their step one to be “go to a Goodwill in a city you don’t live in wearing a disguise and buy a laptop with cash”, they need PGP to almost be automatic.  Think of how easy it is to bootstrap Signal and how hard you’d have to try to accidentally send something cleartext over that application.  Linking your key to a new device is as easy as scanning QR code. Perfect forward secrecy, rich media, voice and video synchronous communications upgrades, you name it.  And my grandma could probably set it up without help.  I guarantee most big data scooping intelligence services are a lot more worried about OpenWhisper protocol than PGP because *people actually use it*.  Just being caught with WhatApp in China can get you sent to a camp, depending on your ethnicity.    

-Ryan McGinnis
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On Monday, July 1, 2019 10:26 AM, Stefan Claas via Gnupg-users <gnupg-users at> wrote:

> Andrew Gallagher wrote:

> > On 2019/07/01 15:13, Stefan Claas via Gnupg-users wrote:
> > 

> > > I agree with Professor Green. Maybe he and his students can
> > > program a POC something more simple, preferably in Golang and
> > > while using the NaCl* library.
> > 

> > Golang? Not Rust? :-P

> He he, I have tried to compile sequoia-pgp under Windows 10
> and failed miserably, do to the "excellent" compile instructions
> for Windows. I played with Rust in the past, under macOS, and
> never had problems.

> What I would like to do is to create a binary of sequoia-pgp under
> Windows 10 and then use the binary under Windows 7, offline.

> With Golang it would be no big deal, because that is super easy,
> but as understood the openpgp libs for Golang are not so good
> as the Rust ones.

> > Who wants to copy and paste messages? That's soooo 1995.

> Me for example :-) Why? I use encryption toolsoffline
> on my Notebook and then copy/paste the encrypted messages
> into CoolTerm to transfer them then via my USB to USB Nullmodem
> cable to my online computer. :-)

> > > A real "modern" GnuPG should be IMHO the same as PGP was GUI based
> > > back then. The GUI could be also cross-platform QT based, for
> > > example.
> > 

> > You can't script a GUI, but you can GUI a CLI - and there is no shortage
> > of decent GUI interfaces for GnuPG.

> I am aware of that, but I do have (Golang) tools which work as cli
> tools and they can be used with an extra written GUI program, if
> someone likes to do so. Very handy!

> Regards
> Stefan

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