1995-02-02 - Remailer encryption module

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From: eric@remailer.net (Eric Hughes)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Message Hash: bdf4fc3bf20fca892095bee2b77d4d92ebc98180b7cc808a166278143f6ed040
Message ID: <199502021444.GAA07493@largo.remailer.net>
Reply To: <Pine.3.89.9502011857.B8923-0100000@jake.bga.com>
UTC Datetime: 1995-02-02 14:45:22 UTC
Raw Date: Thu, 2 Feb 95 06:45:22 PST

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From: eric@remailer.net (Eric Hughes)
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 95 06:45:22 PST
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Remailer encryption module
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Message-ID: <199502021444.GAA07493@largo.remailer.net>
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   From: Nathan Zook <nzook@bga.com>

   I also believe that hacking PGP is a bad thing (tm), because it means that
   every time an upgrade comes out, it will need to be re-hacked, and once you
   start hacking, when do you stop?

I agree.  PGP just does not have the support for the encryption
required for mixing remailers.  These deficiencies have been known for
about two years at this point and still nothing has happened.  I
expect this not to change anytime soon.

That means that we have to replace PGP as the encryption module for
remailers.  The first thing to do is to design a data format which
supports what the remailers need now, and nothing speculative.  Since
this data format has a single purpose, we can make new revisions more
easily than for a general purpose package.

Once we get a data format, implementations will follow.