Jonathan Wienke <JonWienk(_at_)ix(_dot_)netcom(_dot_)com> writes:
Instead of having a 1-byte cipher identifier, I would like to see a 4 byte
text identifier for ciphers and hashes, so IDEA could be designated by
"IDEA", triple-DES by "3DES", SHA-1 by "SHA1", etc. This would make it much
easier for PGP to support numerous algorithms, and multiple encryption.
Do you really see a new for more than 256 algoritms?
Perhaps each algorithm could be implemented as a plug-in, so that
encrypting a message with triple-DES, IDEA, and then something cooked up in
your basement would be easily implemented.
Having one byte doesn't stop you for implementing plug-ins.