eli at orbsky.homelinux.org
Tue Jul 28 12:20:20 UTC 2009
On Tuesday 28 July 2009 10:47:54 Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Monday 27 July 2009 23:36:55 Kevin Kofler wrote:
> > I wrote:
> > > That's normal. Chiasmus was developed by the BSI (more or less Germany's
> > > equivalent of the NSA) and so all their work is classified by default.
> > > They only declassified a Window$ binary. There's evidence towards the
> > > existence of a GNU/Linux command-line version, but said version appears
> > > to be still classified and thus not publicly available. And the source
> > > code appears to be classified entirely. So I don't think Chiasmus will be
> > > available in Fedora any time soon.
> > PS: And the only reason it's supported at all in KMail is that the
> > companies working on KMail encryption were contracted by the German BSI and
> > the BSI apparently requested that option to be present for their internal
> > use.
> > If the presence of the useless option really annoys or confuses users, we
> > could of course patch it out, but I don't think it's worth doing that.
> It's never worried me. For a long time I assumed that it was a Work in
> Progress, and since it never interfered with anything I ignored it. All the
> same, I can imagine that for some people the inability to get it to work might
> be worrying, so some sort of explanation would be good. Could you think of a
> suitably-worded short explanation that we could add to
> http://userbase.kde.org/KMail/FAQs_Hints_and_Tips ? Something that just
> reassures that for most people it has no relevance.
Seems to work now,.... So never mind about the scanning part.
As for mentioning chiasmus
I Get An Error Messages About Chaismus When Rescanning for Crypto Backends
Chaismus is only used by the German Security Service BSI and is not available for use by the General Public. Unless you are working for them you can safely disregard any error message about the chaismus backend.
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