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Fritz Whittington f.whittington at
Tue Apr 27 17:02:11 UTC 2004

On or about 2004-04-27 11:47, Fritz Whittington whipped out a trusty #2 
pencil and scribbled:

> On or about 2004-04-27 10:31, David Collantes whipped out a trusty #2 
> pencil and scribbled:
>>> "Some user complained that my PGP messages are attachments!
>>> That user is using obsolete and broken software. PGP/MIME is the only
>>> way to use PGP with email that is actually specified (RFC 2015) and not
>> [...]
>> Good then, I assume no one will have a problem with S/MIME signed 
>> messages
>> either, right?
> I certainly hope not!  For years I have made it a habit to sign all my 
> email.  In that way, if someone ever pops up and says I sent 
> such-and-such an email, and it's NOT signed, I can argue that it was 
> forged more likely than not.  OR, if it's signed but doesn't verify, I 
> can prove it's been modified.  And the signed copy from my "Sent Mail" 
> archives can prove exactly what I did send.
However, it appears that the addition of the fedora-list signature which 
the mailing list software adds is doing something to confuse at least 
Mozilla 1.7b.  I can see the:

Content-Type: application/x-pkcs7-signature; name="smime.p7s"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="smime.p7s"
Content-Description: S/MIME Cryptographic Signature

block in the message source, but Mozilla doesn't show it as signed.  It 
shows it properly from my "Sent Mail" folder, however.  I'm pretty sure 
this is just a bug with the beta Mozilla, however.

Fritz Whittington
TI Alum -

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