[openpgp] On Signed-Only Mails

Vincent Breitmoser <look@my.amazin.horse> Tue, 29 November 2016 09:18 UTC

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Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:18:37 +0100
From: Vincent Breitmoser <look@my.amazin.horse>
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Subject: [openpgp] On Signed-Only Mails
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Hi all,

(cross-posting on openpgp and messaging mls)

during my work on bringing OpenPGP to K-9 Mail, I found myself
reevaluating a lot of things. This time it's about signed-only mails.

In short, my conclusion so far is that signed-only mails are very rarely
useful, they are holding OpenPGP back as a solution for encrypted
e-mail, and in the interest of usability we should not roll them out in
email crypto solutions on equal terms with encryption.

In some more detail:
https://k9mail.github.io/2016/11/24/OpenPGP-Considerations-Part-I.html

I received positive as well as negative feedback about this, and I'd
love to hear more thoughts about it.

 - V