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

1997-04-17 16:13:27
At 3:45 PM -0700 4/17/97, Steve Dusse wrote:
If there is agreement, then I
will stand by my earlier conviction;  the goals of the IETF are out of
step with US companies' business needs.

I disagree strongly with your wording. There is no "need" for expidited
export of a product; there is a strong desire. To be more specific, there
is a strong desire for a small number of companies (mail client
manufacturers) for expeditied export.

There is a strong need for strong cryptography in all US companies for
their messaging. This is why RSA included tripleDES in the original S/MIME
spec. Thus, the goals of the IETF are exactly step with US companies'
business needs, with the exception of a few companies.

As such, we should find a way
to separate the non-business protocol portions of the S/MIME spec from
the US business-needs-centric profiling information.

Again, I disagree with your wording. In my mind, a better way to say this
is "we need a spec that meets US companies' business needs, and we need to
also at least acknowledge the strong desires of US mail client vendors."

Further, I'd like to point out to the group as a whole that just because
other countries don't have export controls today, they might tomorrow. The
lame ideas of the US government are often imported gleefully by other
governments. Thus, the 40-bit crypto problem is temporarily US-only. It
could go away in the US, it could appear in other major software-exporting
countries, or both.

--Paul E. Hoffman, Director
--Internet Mail Consortium