From: Sergej Rinc <sr @
>If my memory serves, someone from Netscape's branches in Europe has
>asked about the subject. I have an information for two weeks now
>(source: ComputerWorld) that US administration has granted Microsoft and
>Netscape permission to use 128-bit encryption in their products (that
>doesn't stand for other companies). MS should include it in their next
>versions of products (IIS 4.0, IE 4.0 etc) and so should Netscape.
Thanks for the info. Are they just being allowed to use 128 bit encryption
in the SSL protocol or will they be allowed to export S/MIME implementations
with 128 bit (e.g. in Netscape Messenger and MS IE Outlook Express) ciphers?
I notice that the S/MIME implementation in my copy of Netscape Communicator
4.0's Messenger only currently has RC2 encryption in CBC (Cipher Block
Chaining) mode with a 40 bit key though it would appear that other ciphers
would/should be supported (but I'd want to make sure that I could use them
to encrypt and send e-mail to people outside the US, otherwise obviously it
would be a real hassle for me to have to keep track of which people I
corresponded with supported what key bit size and ciphers).
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