[cryptography] Security Pop-Up of the Day

ianG iang at iang.org
Wed Sep 21 15:08:12 EDT 2011

On 22/09/11 00:56 AM, Joe St Sauver wrote:
> ....
> #Anybody want to put forward a conjecture about the response to this pop-up
> #across the population of e-mail users?
> Naturally, users (or their support staff) will disable OCSP/CRL checking to
> make the pop-ups stop happening.

C.f., revocation is broken.  The disablement of OCSP checking has been 
... errrr widely suggested.

Which leads to a curious puzzler; if it doesn't work for users, who does 
it work for?  Ah, the cynicism :P

> When smime.p7s files start getting stripped, there goes yet another
> potentially critical piece of security technology.

All email client vendors had to do to give smime a chance in life was to 
make it easy to generate and use a cert.  Automatically.  Add an 
account, generate a cert.  The rest can follow in due course...

Dunno why, but the architecture seems to be an exercise in won't work.  
Is it possible that nobody really wanted smime to work?


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