Re: About crypt...

Aaron M. Ucko (
22 May 1998 14:19:51 -0500

Alex Buell <> writes:

> PGP is better than DES/IDEA (AFAIK, the secret intelligence people can
> break DES/IDEA).

Uhm, at least in version 2.x, PGP normally just uses RSA to sign
things and to protect the (randomly generated) IDEA keys it uses on
your actual data. Note that IDEA is stronger and more efficient than
DES. and that both are *MUCH* more efficient than RSA. (For more
details, see the section of pgpdoc2.txt entitled "PGP's Conventional
Encryption Algorithm.")

Aaron M. Ucko <> (finger [Stark raving sane]

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