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[liberationtech] Guardian reporter delayed e-mailing NSA source because crypto is a pain

Andy Isaacson adi at hexapodia.org
Wed Jun 12 01:27:22 PDT 2013


On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 07:11:49PM -0700, Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM, Kate Krauss <katie at critpath.org> wrote:
> > It's really easy to use these tools if you already know how to do it.
> 
> I've been using PGP since 1994, if not earlier. In more recent times

1998, here.

> it's become a regular part of my workflow in discussing security
> critical bugs. I am a programmer and a computing expert.

I use gnupg daily.

> I do not consider the tools easy to use at all ...

I routinely, and frequently, still get bitten by design bugs,
implementation bugs, and UI bugs which continue to make the PGP
ecosystem effectively unusable.  I cannot recommend PGP for routine use
to anyone outside of the security community, and I don't think I know
anyone who has used it consistently for more than 2 years without
encountering a serious data/comms loss due to PGP bugs or gotchas.

-andy



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