[linux-elitists] Casual Encryption

Shawn McMahon smcmahon@eiv.com
Wed Jul 10 18:38:47 PDT 2002


Aaron Lehmann said:
> 
> There's also an argument that overusing signatures is harmful.
> http://zgp.org/linux-elitists/messages/20010413012558.B2074@kitenet.net.rfc822

Yes, there's an argument to that effect; however, it's incomplete and
only correct as far as it goes.

In the US, digital signatures now have the weight of law behind them,
but the courts that would decide whether or not a signature bearing your
email address is actually yours are clueless.  If you get dragged into
court because some jerk creates a new GPG sig with your name on it and
signs a contract, you'll wish you could drag out a slew of
publicly-available archived emails and saved-by-friends emails with
identical, matching signatures that do not match the evil clone sig.

It has nothing to do with technology; it has to do with CYA.


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