[Botan-devel] Quick Tutorial Question

Jack Lloyd lloyd at randombit.net
Wed Oct 5 14:24:06 EDT 2005


On Wed, Oct 05, 2005 at 11:09:54AM -0700, Rachel Blackman wrote:

> Yeah, I know.  To explain further, this isn't -- precisely -- a session 
> thing.  It's more like rapid-fire PGP messages; sending a number of 
> small, separate chunks of data encrypted with a known public key to the 
> holder of the private key.
> 
> I suppose for the sake of standardization and future extensibility, I 
> should be using AES -- it was what I was originally looking at doing -- 
> but there weren't any good cross-platform solutions that didn't either 
> have huuuuuuuge price tags attached, or require me to reinvent the 
> wheel.  (And occasionally required me to invent stoneworking tools, 
> fire, or even evolve sight first before I could even get /around/ to 
> re-inventing the wheel.)
> 
> And since these are small rapid-fire one-way messages, not a two-way 
> stream, using RSA or ElGamal seems a 'sufficient' solution, even if not 
> an ideal one.

Ah, OK. Given the circumstances you describe, that seems like a
reasonable decision to me as well. Just wanted to make sure you knew
all the options available to you.

-Jack



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