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Re: [openpgp] How to re-launch the OpenPGP WG

2015-03-12 08:37:18

On Thu, March 12, 2015 8:31 am, Werner Koch wrote:

Since some time the OpenPGP protocol is again en vogue and the tendency
to prefer S/MIME over OpenPGP is not as strong as it seems to have been
once.  Case in point, the DANE WG has a last call for an OpenPGP DNS
record type.  This is obviously related to OpenPGP and should have been
discussed here as well (actually we did briefly in Summer 2013).

There are several tasks the WG should do:

 - New signature subpackets.  For example one to specify a fingerprint
   and not just the keyid.

 - Take care of individual I-Ds.

 - The use of SHA-1 needs to be replaced.

 - A v5 key format.  Prepare for forthcoming public key algorithms.

 - A new encryption mode to replace our aging CFB+SHA1 method with a
   fast and standard mode.

 - Maybe extend it to key distribution.

Is there any interest in this?

There certainly seems to be.

How can we get the WG out of the concluded state?

We would need to effectively create a new WG.

Would the Dallas meeting be a starting point for this?

We couldn't necessarily charter it in Dallas, but we could certainly have
a bar bof in Dallas to work out a charter.  We would need to talk to the
SecADs about chartering the group.

Who would volunteer as Chair?

The Chair(s) is(are) appointed by the ADs. Volunteers are good, but not
necessarily used.  ;)



-derek, former chair :)

       Derek Atkins                 617-623-3745
       Computer and Internet Security Consultant

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