1995-08-01 - Re: a hole in PGP

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From: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1995-08-01 00:37:01 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 31 Jul 95 17:37:01 PDT

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From: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 95 17:37:01 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: a hole in PGP
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At 8:08 PM 7/31/95, Dr. Fred said:

>it is impractical to verify that there
>are no subtle back doors

Ah. I knew my undergraduate philosophy degree from good ol' Mizzou would
come in handy some day.  In the sophistry biz, the above is an informal
fallacy. It's called a disproving a negative, more popularly called the
"Flying Saucer" fallacy, as in, "prove to me that flying saucers (or PGP
trap-doors) don't exist".

I would put the rest of your rejoinder in the same class of tinker-toy
logic, Doc.

You're testing my patience. Feeling flush from my New Orleans road trip, I
went out and bought the commercial version of Eudora, filter-feature and
all, which means I'm just itching to test it. In other words, it means you
are flirting with the kill-file, the bozo-filter, more rudely, a

Play nice, Doc, or don't play at all.

Bob Hettinga

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