[cryptography] ECC patent FUD

Jack Lloyd lloyd at randombit.net
Wed Nov 17 11:00:03 EST 2010


On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 12:25:19PM +1300, David G. Koontz wrote:
> On 17/11/10 2:16 AM, Jack Lloyd wrote:
> > This is due to excessive paranoia on the part of RH's legal department
> > (they are assuming even ECDH over GF(p) is still patented, for
> > instance). I pointed them to draft-mcgrew-fundamental-ecc [1],
> > hopefully once that hits RFC they will take it into
> > consideration.
> 
> FRAND patent license  terms being incompatible with the GPL in the face of
> Certicom's IPR disclosure:

Not an issue. Several of the libs on the list that had ECC
removed are BSD, MIT, or public domain. The problem is Red Hat is
worried about being sued. Fedora rejected SQLNinja for the same
reason.

-Jack



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