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Re: PGP 6.5.1 - word list and SDAs?

1999-07-07 02:37:31
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Thomas Roessler wrote:

It would have been nice to have had some specifications on _this_
list _beforehand_:

- What do the SDAs look like?  Not everyone is using the same
  platform, so documentation of the data format would have been

Self Decrypting Archives use a proprietary format for which there is
no reason for us to publish specs beyond the source code we already
publish.  SDAs decrypt themselves.  No other program should attempt
to read them, and we will change the format at will frequently.  Each
implementation of SDA in PGP uses highly platform dependent features.
 There are not two ends of this wire.  SDAs are irrelevant to this
list, and have no relation to the OpenPGP format.

- What's the word list mapping for fingerprints?  I think this
  should be published at least as an informational RFC, so
  third-party products can produce compatible "fingerprint

High level biometric authentication methods that a particular vendor
(in this case Network Associates) chooses to implement are well
beyond the scope of this list.  These issues have no effect
whatsoever on the data format used by OpenPGP.  Technical
documentation and mappings for the word lists are published in the
docs for PGP where they belong.  Not in this group.

- -- Will

Will Price, Architect/Sr. Mgr., PGP Client Products
Total Network Security Division
Network Associates, Inc.

Version: PGP 6.5.1