the following demonstration of an incompatiblity in symmetric encryption
was reported in alt.security.pgp:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Falissard" <th(_dot_)falissard(_at_)etic(_dot_)fr>
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 4:24 PM
Subject: GnuPG (good) and PGP (bad) encryption
For specialists only...
Here is one case where PGP is not as clever as GnuPG...
The following conventionally encrypted data
decrypts well with GnuPG, ** not ** with PGP ("bad packet").
The passphrase is "test".
Nothing special here regarding algorithms (Cast5 + MD5).
The thing that I suspect is that PGP does not always
accept packets with indeterminate length, while
it's OK for GnuPG.
(I deliberately encrypted a compressed
packet with indeterminate length.)
-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----
Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (MingW32)
Comment: For info see http://www.gnupg.org
-----END PGP MESSAGE-----
is the 'indeterminate packet length' issue a contrived exception, that
would not be expected to occur with ordinary use,
or is it something that needs to be addressed?
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