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Re: fwd: The Swedes discover Lotus Notes has key escrow! (Win Treese)



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In <[email protected]>, on
01/06/98 
   at 12:11 PM, Ray Arachelian <[email protected]> said:

>Lotus, a subsidiary of the American computer giant IBM, has negotiated a
>special solution to the problem.  Lotus gets to export strong
>cryptography with the requirement that vital parts of the secret keys are
>deposited with the U.S. government.  ``The difference between the
>American Notes version and the export version lies in degrees of
>encryption.  We deliver 64 bit keys to all customers, but 24 bits of
>those in the version that we deliver outside of the United States are
>deposited with the American government.  That's how it works today,''
>says Eileen Rudden, vice president at Lotus.

I have 2 problems with this outside of the fact they are doing it:

1) 64 bits is too weak.

2) why should we trust them that it is only the export versions they are
giving the 24bit to the government on??

Yet *another* reason not to use Lotus Bloats.

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