At 05:14 PM 4/17/97 -0400, bpc(_at_)blackpaw(_dot_)com wrote:
THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH EXPORT!!! Rather what you can use to
'talk' to the government
OK, sorry I misunderstood you there.
But then - is what you can use to 'talk' to the US government (mainly a US
domestic issue) of concern for the standard ?
In part no. But in so many other IETF standards, DES is a must implement.
This is the case with IPsec. It is chosen as a MUST implement, because it
is available worldwide without licensing encumberences, I think.
I also would suspect to see DES in other govs requirements, as many model
theirs after FIPS.
To make RCn a requirement and DES an option is a major shift in IETF work.
RC2 and RC4 are trade secrets. RC5 is published, but licensed, I think.
This is much of my concern...