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(Fwd) FW: NAI's seeming replacement for PGP desktop

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Date sent:      	Wed, 24 Apr 2002 14:45:56 -0400
To:             	Digital Bearer Settlement List <dbs@philodox.com>,
From:           	"R. A. Hettinga" <rah@shipwright.com>
Subject:        	FW: NAI's seeming replacement for PGP desktop

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Status:  U
From: Somebody
Subject: FW: NAI's seeming replacement for PGP desktop
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 16:52:24 +0100
Thread-Topic: NAI's seeming replacement for PGP desktop
To: <rah@shipwright.com>

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From: <Somebody Else>
Sent: 24 April 2002 15:37
To: <A buncha people>
Subject: NAI's seeming replacement for PGP desktop


...named "McAfee E-Business Desktop".  Just had a talk with our local
sales rep.  From our talk, and from what I can see on the URL above,
this appears to be (or at least incorporate) portions of PGP desktop,
with some restrictions:

- Purchaser must already have at least one E-Business Server license
(PGP Server in conjunction with some other crypto), at $2000 per
license - The product appears to require interaction with the server
in order to function -- no more standalone crypto?

Unknown are:

- whether there is a commandline interface, or if the app is
scriptable - whether there is compatibility with existing PGP keyrings
- key management -- is there a central repository, and how is it
managed? - does crypto occur only on the server, or on the desktop? 
If the former, some interesting security issues

Still awaiting word on:

- whether NAI will still sell us licenses to make more copies of 6.5.8
(so far, answer is "doubtful")

Q.  Why not use 6.5.8 freeware (for which there is source?)
A.  If used commercially, a license must be purchased from NAI -- same
as for commercial 6.5.8

Q.  What about gnupg?
A.  Possibility -- some key compatibility issues exist that may or may
not affect us.  Someone would need to build and own the code.

More info as it comes in...

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R. A. Hettinga <mailto: rah@ibuc.com>
The Internet Bearer Underwriting Corporation <http://www.ibuc.com/> 44
Farquhar Street, Boston, MA 02131 USA "... however it may deserve
respect for its usefulness and antiquity, [predicting the end of the
world] has not been found agreeable to experience." -- Edward Gibbon,
'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'

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