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[liberationtech] Asyncronous secure messaging (Email): Why reinvent the wheel?

Fabio Pietrosanti (naif) lists at
Sat Nov 9 00:37:27 PST 2013


everytime there is a debate and discussion on email security i always
stand-up when i hear that most of the proposed approach are to "reinvent
the wheel".

All initiatiatives are trying to setup some new technological
infrastructure, some new communication or encryption protocol.

We MUST USE THE INTERNET STANDARDS, with modifications here and there,
improving them, in order to reach our goal in securing asyncronous
communications methods commonly referred as "Email".

While i appreciate all of those cryptographer trying to do something
new, i must say that THIS IS THE WRONG WAY!

We have a big pile of existing very good and very strong IETF RFC
standards for email.

We need to improve the way those are used.

We have OpenPGP.
We have MIME.
We have S/MIME.
We have TLS.
We have ZRTP.
We have SMTP/TLS.

Please, think to use that pile of standards and think to approach email
security by improving those one.

I'm confident that it can be done, but all of the "crypto activist"
community must works in that direction.

Fabio Pietrosanti (naif)
HERMES - Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights - -

p.s. It's morning, i slept a few and i need some coffee

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