Essay on PGP as it is used today
andrewg at andrewg.com
Wed Jul 17 08:52:35 CEST 2019
On 17 Jul 2019, at 05:05, Robert J. Hansen <rjh at sixdemonbag.org> wrote:
> But all in all? It's a good criticism.
Indeed. Backwards compatibility with the 1990s is an albatross. Anyone still using obsolete ciphers is screwed anyway, so why encourage it?
* Modern PGP does encrypt subjects (although not other metadata).
* Magic wormhole is an excellent toy, but it’s written in python, so literally the *first person* I tested it with got his dependency stack shredded. I think he’s forgiven me but he hasn’t used it since. The line about rewriting wormhole in a decent language may look throwaway but it’s not.
* Similarly, the alternative archiving software suggested is still a work in progress. It’s all very well criticising PGP for being a clumsy jack of all trades, but “modern crypto” has had twenty years to replace it and still hasn’t fully succeeded. This isn’t just on PGP.
* And finally: “don’t encrypt email”? Yes, well. Email is not going away. Just like passwords, its death has been long anticipated, yet never arrives. So what do we do in the meantime?
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