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Re: Glitch in section 3.2

2001-05-02 12:46:00
Florian Weimer, 
<Florian(_dot_)Weimer(_at_)RUS(_dot_)Uni-Stuttgart(_dot_)DE>, writes:
I think it's worthwhile to point out that MPIs with an arbitrary
number of leading zeroes might legitimately occur inside V3 secret key
packets.  Perhaps it's even necessary to amend section 5.5.3 to
clarify this issue (i.e. that leading zeroes MUST NOT be stripped in
this case).

No, the cause is completely different.  The unencrypted actual MPI
determines the bit length and should not include any leading zeroes,
but encryption might introduce them (and it's probably not wise to
adjust the bit length accordingly).

Oh, I see what you mean.  I don't think they should be considered
MPIs while in the encrypted state.  They are encrypted MPI values.
Even though the bit length prefix is left in the clear, they are not to
be interpreted as MPIs until after decrypting.


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