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[liberationtech] PGP is hard to use and needs stuff installed on your computer. Use PassLok instead.

Steve Weis steveweis at gmail.com
Fri Jul 26 15:51:21 PDT 2013


If you assume communications are monitored and your machine is
compromised, this has some fundamental flaws:
- How do I communicate a password to Bob? Before I "get a crucial bit
of information" to Bob, I need to first get a crucial bit of information to Bob?

- You assumed a keylogger is installed. If I type the password in the
browser, isn't it compromised?

- JavaScript is delivered from your server. How do I know it's not
already compromised? Yes, I know you plan to write a plugin. Why not
do that from the start instead of something immediately broken?

- You modified SJCL and added a 521-bit curve. How do I trust your
changes? "You can audit my code" is not the answer I'm looking for --
I don't want to proof-read curve values from NIST documents.

- No source. No docs. Untrusted third-party dependency on qrcode.js.

- I've seen dozens of JavaScript crypto projects like this over the
years. How is this approach different from all the others that failed?

On Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM, Francisco Ruiz <ruiz at iit.edu> wrote:
> Scenario: you, Alice, realize you're under NSA surveillance. You need to get
> a crucial bit of information to your friend Bob, right away.
> You've been using PGP, but now you suspect the NSA may have installed a bug
> on your machine. Your keystrokes are being recorded.



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