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Re: draft-ietf-smime-idea

2000-02-24 23:17:57
"The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from."

I strongly agree with Paul.  I am not aware of ANY kind of a significant ground 
for IDEA, especially with the relaxation of the US export regulations and the 
availability of triple-DES and the forthcoming AES algorithm(s).  In fact, I 
think there 
are already FAR too many algorithms, variations, etc., in the S/MIME standard 
it is, and to virtually no good purpose that I can see.

Unless a particular algorithm is obviously off the wall, the tendency is for 
implementation to include every algorithm, regardless of the actual number of 
Some Program Manager somewhere will say, "But what if customer B want to use 
algorithm X, and we don't support it. Then customer A would not be able to 
communicate with him, and we might lose sales."

And pretty soon, the product is up to 60 megabytes in size, chock full of 
options, and everyone wonders why the product is so bloated and hard to use, not
to mention all of the interoperability problems caused for the customers.

It's high time to say ENOUGH, and to kill off this sort of useless nonsense 
while it is 
still budding, without consuming useless cycles debating the format of the 
the IPR issues, etc., etc.


Paul Hoffman / IMC <phoffman(_at_)imc(_dot_)org> 02/23/00 10:58AM >>>
[snip]   To be frank, I've never 
heard of anyone wanting to use IDEA for anything other than old PGP. The 
folks who wrote PGP had their reasons for choosing IDEA when they did, but 
they dropped IDEA as a required algorithm for OpenPGP and that doesn't 
appear to have negatively affected them. The IETF shouldn't codify this 
kind of marketing hype, even in an Informational RFC. 

--Paul Hoffman, Director
--Internet Mail Consortium

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