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Re: Alternative symmetric algorithm freely available for IETFS/MIME (re: RC2 licensing).

1997-04-17 14:57:42
If DES is a MUST then US software companies will have a difficult time
exporting S/MIME-compliant products.

That's for US companies to discuss with Uncle Sam.  It's not something
that IETF should concern itself with.

IETF should concern itself with the quality of the algorithm --
whether it's believed to be of sufficient strength -- and whether it
is available under fair and nondiscriminatory terms.

US export regs are irrelevant unless they somehow prevent a candidate
algorithm from being made widely available under such terms.