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Re: NSA, ITAR, NCSA and plug-in hooks.
On Thu, 16 Nov 1995, Scott Brickner wrote:
> You'd need a program which not only *accepted* the additional parameter,
> but also *needed* the second parameter. I confess I have some difficulty
> thinking of one.
It's not too hard to think of a compression scheme that needs extra
information to be passed from client to server; the obvious example is
some sort of dictionary compression with external dictionaries (can be
very effective for short messages where LZW etc never get a chance to get
Another, more likely case, is where the object could have been compressed
by several schemes, and a scheme ID is needed to determine which
alogorithm to use.
The real issue would appear to be intent, though. If it's obvious that
the real intention for the hook is to allow encryption to be added,
the State department can jump on it.