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Re: Nym server development....
This seems as good a time as any to forward the full text of this to the
list. At worst, Alpha is a solid proof-of-concept of a possible "nym server"
model. IMHO it's actually much better than that.
I strongly recommend reading the below before asking basic questions about
the workings of Alpha....
-Futplex <[email protected]>
> Date: Sat, 12 Aug 1995 04:41:01 -0700
> X-Last-Updated-Date: Jan 9 1995
> From: [email protected] (Automated reply)
> Subject: Info on anonymous account service @alpha.c2.org
> Reply-To: [email protected]
> This mail message was sent automatically in response to the message you
> sent to [email protected]
> This system allows you to create a pseudonymous address of the format
> [email protected] For security, all messages are encrypted with PGP.
> To create a mail alias, first create an encrypted reply-block for a
> cypherpunk-style remailer. An encrypted reply block is a message
> encrypted with a remailer's PGP public key, which will be sent to
> your address, or to an address where you can receive messages.
> To create a reply block, you would create a message for a remailer that
> goes back to you:
> Request-Remailing-To: [email protected]
> Then you would encrypt that with a remailer's public key, and prepend
> the necessary Encrypted: PGP header. When this message is received by
> a remailer, it would decrypt it and send it to you. It would also send
> you any text appended to the end (outside the PGP wrapper). Thus, using
> a reply block, it is possible for people to send you mail without knowing
> your real address.
> Next, choose a pseudonym and a password. The pseudonym-address may contain
> any alphabetical or numeric characters, or hyphens. The password may not
> contain any spaces. Then create a message of the following format:
> From: [email protected]
> New-Password: Your_Password
> Anon-To: [email protected]
> Encrypted: PGP
> -----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----
> Version: 2.3a
> -----END PGP MESSAGE-----
> Do not actually indent it; that's just for example purposes.
> Encrypt this with the following public key and mail it to
> [email protected] Unencrypted mail sent to this address
> will be deleted automatically. If everything is correct, your
> mail alias will be created, and you will be sent a confirmation.
> If not, there will be no way for the software to reply to you,
> so the message will be deleted. If you don't receive anything,
> something is wrong, so try again. Be sure to test the reply
> block first, so that you will know it works! Also, don't forget
> to include the address of the remailer, and the Encrypted: PGP
> header at the beginning of your reply block.
> Here is the public key:
> -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
> Version: 2.6
> -----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
> When mail comes in for your address at alpha.c2.org, it will be
> encrypted with Your_Password, using pgp -cta, appended to the reply
> block and sent to [email protected] Be sure that you have
> the Encrypted: PGP header, and the address of the next remailer
> it is to be sent to! All messages are held and sent out in random
> order once an hour.
> If you later wish to change your password, send an encrypted message to
> [email protected] containing a From: line with your nickname, a
> Password: line with your current password, and a New-Password: line
> containing your new password. If the old password is correct, the
> password will be changed to the new one. For example:
> From: Dan_Quayle
> Password: Bush
> New-Password: Clinton
> You can also include a new Reply-Block.
> A mail alias can be deleted at any time by setting the password to nothing.
> (Send a password change request with nothing following the 'New-Password:')
> Sending messages
> Once you have created a working address, you can send mail from that address.
> Simply create a message with standard mail headers, and add your password
> in a Password header.
> From: [email protected] (John Doe)
> Password: foobar
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: hello world
> This is my message.
> The message would be delivered as shown, minus the Password: header.
> If the password is not correct, the message is discarded.
> Here are some common problems. If you're having trouble, check the
> following list:
> - Be sure to use -t option with PGP
> - Test your reply block and be sure it works!
> - If you are having trouble creating a certain address, perhaps
> you already created it, but used the wrong reply block
> or a different password.
> - Usenet posts require a Subject: header.
> - Messages to [email protected] must be encrypted with PGP
> Be sure you use the correct PGP key; [email protected]
> has a different one.
> Problems may be reported to [email protected]
> For more information about Community ConneXion,
> telnet to c2.org and login as guest, or if you have a WWW browser: