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Re: NSA, ITAR, NCSA and plug-in hooks.

>From: Scott Brickner <[email protected]>
>Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 15:13:27 -0600
>Subject: Re: NSA, ITAR, NCSA and plug-in hooks. 

>The problem is that the non-encryption program must use the same
>interface as the encryption program.  Text compression is often cited
>as an example of a non-encryption program that can use the same hooks
>as a compression program, but there's a key difference:  the text
>compressor *doesn't* need a key.
>The encryption tool would have an interface like
>    Boolean (*)( DataSource, DataSink, void*);
>A compressor written to the same interface would never need to touch
>that third argument.  Therefore, the second argument is "specifically
>designed" to permit an encryption tool to be used.
>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.

PKZIP allows encryption (other's ?).  How about a hook to that?


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