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Slightly OT

by SavannahLion (Pilgrim)
on Jan 05, 2004 at 17:02 UTC ( [id://318884] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Adding a password to Zip compression ?
in thread Adding a password to Zip compression ?

Excuse me for butting in here, I've been out of the loop for a while on PGP. Didn't the U. professor sell PGP to someone (Netscape I think?) and there was a lot of concern about PGP being patented and no longer being secure anymore? The news broke out right about when my life took a turn for the worse and I didn't have the time then to track the PGP news.

When you refer to GPG, I guess you're meaning the project at I would guess so since a search turns up the site at the top, but they don't seem to refer to themselves as GPG.

Thanks for your patience.
Prove your knowledge @ HLPD

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Re: Slightly OT
by b10m (Vicar) on Jan 05, 2004 at 17:33 UTC

    AFAIK, the PGP(.com) program is indeed commercial and they have patented their "IDEA". I also heard that the FBI (or whatever three-letter US department) tried to persuade the company to build in a backdoor, which PGP claims not to have done.

    With GPG I indeed mean GnuPG, the Open Source variant of PGP (and based on OpenPGP). And their website is (how original) On that site, they say:

    GnuPG is a complete and free replacement for PGP. Because it does not use the patented IDEA algorithm, it can be used without any restrictions. GnuPG is a RFC2440 (OpenPGP) compliant application.