Re: [openpgp] Proposal to include AEAD OCB mode to 4880bis

Rick van Rein <rick@openfortress.nl> Wed, 25 October 2017 16:47 UTC

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Subject: Re: [openpgp] Proposal to include AEAD OCB mode to 4880bis
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Hi,

> Adding algorithms is easy. Removing them is hard. That should raise the
> bar for adding new ones.

I second that.  There should be a good reason for adding new algorithms.
(Which is always subjective because it is really helpful to have things
to fall back on when a part fails, security-wise.)

Along the same lines I'm also surprised that no effort has been made to
deprecate 2.x PGP packet formats and public key formats, for instance.
We all know that such old keys don't have a reason to exist anymore,
but we're all still coding the old and new in order to be compliant to
the standards.  Such a waste of time...

-Rick