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Security Portal: Kurt's Closet: GnuPG and freedom

Sep 22, 1999, 05:13 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kurt Seifried)

"As you may or may not have heard, GnuPG 1.0 has been released. If you haven't heard, GnuPG is a GPL'ed cryptographic program that uses no patented algorithms, and happens to be perfectly compatible with PGP. I interviewed Werner Koch (via email), the heart and soul of the GnuPG project."

"Kurt: Why did you feel the need to write GnuPG?"

"Werner: I think it started at a conference in Aachen/Germany where Richard Stallman asked the non European Programmers to work on crypto software, now that the Diffie-Hellmann was void (about fall 1997)."

"A few weeks later I got bored by the programming tasks I was doing at that time and suddenly started to write a parser for PGP keyrings. After I could decrypt PGP 2 messages I remembered, that a PGP like program has been on the GNU task list for a long time. I contacted them and started to write a PGP based on ElGamal (a Diffie Hellmann variant). And it was quite interesting as I have been interested in cryptography for quite a while..."

Complete Interview

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