[linux-elitists] Phil Zimmermann on key exchange

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Wed Nov 14 13:01:52 PST 2001

begin  Seth David Schoen quotation of Tue, Nov 13, 2001 at 10:03:50PM -0800:

> Sounds pretty good to me, relative to not using PGP at all.  It is an
> "opportunistic" scheme which protects only against passive attacks.
> But almost all attacks on the privacy of e-mail are passive attacks.
> If attackers are forced to start using active attacks, users and
> administrators might start to notice mysterious signs that something
> is not quite right -- funny log messages, unexplained errors -- which
> could serve as the functional equivalent of mysterious clicks on your
> phone line, suggesting that it's being tapped.

For example, if Alice occasionally unplugs her laptop from her
Mallory.net DSL connection and makes an 802.11b connection in a
random coffeehouse not under the control of the Secret Police.
Hey, open wireless access points can actually improve security.

Don Marti          What do we want?  Free Dmitry!  When do we want it?  Now!
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