Encryption Algorithm for GnuPG?

gnupg at raf.org gnupg at raf.org
Tue May 28 02:59:40 CEST 2019

Procopius via Gnupg-users wrote:

> What is the encryption engine for the current GnuPG. I read that it
> isNIST AES. I know IDEA is proprietary so that can’t be used, is this
> correct?
> If it’s NIST AES that is under the US Government? Wouldn’t that be in
> danger of a US back door in the algorithm?
> Elwin

NIST didn't create AES. They selected a subset of an existing block cipher,
Rijndael, for use by the US government to replace the previous standard, DES.


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