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Crypto Ruling and Mozilla

Friday May 7th, 1999

With the latest ruling against crypto-export laws, some of you have been wondering how this applies to Mozilla (if at all). Well, we're not sure, but I bet there are a few developers that would be willing to enlighten us on this subject. If any of you know more about how this ruling affects Mozilla, please respond in the talkback to this item...


#6 Re:Crypto Ruling and Mozilla

by SomeSmartAss <improv@magma.ca>

Friday May 7th, 1999 1:10 PM

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Re: Kuvo "release the crypto code, doing so would make it virtually useless."

<http://www.wired.com/wire…/archive/7.04/crypto.html> this is a pretty simple primer on open-key crypto algorithms. The whole point is that, even if you know the technique, and the algoritms, it doesn't help you. You still need to know the private key. Even at 40-bits its pretty near improbable to just happen upon it in a timely manner, for the average use at any rate. (I know that 40-bit encryption has been cracked, but I hardly think that you average joe cyber-theif is going to have 100+ desktops + a few high end servers running 24-7 at his disposal)