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RE: The RC2 debate

1997-04-25 22:08:44
OK, Blake the Chimp Boy has finally caught up with the class.  Clean

If S/MIME becomes standards track, then RC2 cannot even be mentioned as
a possible algorithm for use with the protocol.  This is because of its
trade secret status, as opposed to just being patented.

Patented algorithms such as the RSA public-key algorithm, CAST or IDEA
are a different issue, correct?  I understand that all of these
particular algorithms have provisions for non-commercial use.  If they
didn't, would there be a problem with putting them in the spec?


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