Re: [openpgp] AEAD Chunk Size

Werner Koch <> Tue, 19 March 2019 07:35 UTC

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On Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:11, said:

> To protect against truncation attacks you can borrow an idea from the
> database people and not commit your changes until you have a complete
> message.

Right.  And you need to do that anyway because authenticated encryption
doesn't tell you anything about the origin of the message and thus you
need to check the signature of the message after it has been completely
decrypted (at least with OpenPGP and CMS).  Anyone can send malicious
content and AE doesn't protect against processsing such content.



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