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Re: Commercial PGP: Verifying Trustworthiness
- To: [email protected] (Norman Hardy)
- Subject: Re: Commercial PGP: Verifying Trustworthiness
- From: peter honeyman <[email protected]>
- Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1993 16:24:28 -0400
- Cc: [email protected]
- In-Reply-To: norm's message of Thu, 26 Aug 1993 15:15:02 -0700.
> This means that I am trusting the "pseudo-random" stuff not to be
> some secrets that PGP has read from my disk.
trust? you could read the code, starting at about line 550 of crypto.c.
of course, you have to trust your eyes, your editor (if you use one),
and your operating system not to deceive you. (i think i've carried
this too far.)
> The only benefit
> that I see to the pseudo-random stuff is to send the same message
> to several people without revealing the fact that the messages are
> the same except to those that can decode the messages.
that is a big win, in my view, but the random prefix also also helps
defeat chosen plaintext attacks, does it not?