Why ECC?

Rodney Thayer <rodney@tillerman.to> Tue, 24 September 2002 15:12 UTC

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Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 07:58:55 -0700
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From: Rodney Thayer <rodney@tillerman.to>
Subject: Why ECC?
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At 07:02 PM 9/24/2002 +1200, Peter Gutmann wrote:

>Len Sassaman <rabbi@abditum.com>; writes:
>
> >OpenSSL now has ECC in it
>
>That's not certain yet, the licensing terms are such that it can't be used
>under the OpenSSL license unless Sun re-release it unencumbered.
>
> >and there is an ECC in TLS draft being proposed
>
>... by the same group who did the OpenSSL implementation.  Hardly an
>overwhelming argument.


Why do we want ECC in OpenPGP?

Why do we want to start using a class of algorithm that is patent encumbered?

Having corporations show up at working group meetings and threaten implementors
with patent infringement is a pain.

I don't see a requirement to add this.

A separate document describing it would of course be perfectly reasonable.