[cryptography] ECDSA - patent free?

Peter Gutmann pgut001 at cs.auckland.ac.nz
Wed Nov 9 19:28:14 EST 2011


Jack Lloyd <lloyd at randombit.net> writes:

>For some reason RH legal seems especially frightened of crypto patents; it's
>not like dozens of features of gcc, the kernel, etc aren't covered by patents.

They may just be choosing where to fight their battles.  If adaptive source
routing (affecting all use of Linux as a server) was removed from the kernel
it'd be on the front page of Slashspot within hours.  Remove IDEA or ECC and
no-one apart from a few hardcore crypto geeks will even notice, and even fewer
will care.

Peter.



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