I was replying to Rick Romkey's skepticism that virus scanning of mail is
pointless. But the vast majority of users that I know of don't even know
what PGP is still, let alone us it. No virus scanning will ever be able
to deal with encryption without being able to descrypt, obviously, and
that is unacceptable.
I do not, nor did I ever, claim that virus scanning on a proxy host for
incoming mail/ftp/http would solve all virus worries. But it helps.
(signifigantly, from experience)
On Tue, 22 Apr 1997, Jim Littlefield wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Apr 1997, Matt Wallace wrote:
> > TrendMicro's scanning software can scan MIME, UUencoded, PKZIP, PKLITE,
> > LZEXE, ARJ, LHA, and MS Compress. Almost every software program
> > commercially sold defaults to MIME attachments, barring a couple Unix
> > programs that still use UUencoding. The average end user will be unable
> > to -decode- a type that is unsupported anyhow.
> That is all well and good. Now tell me how it deals with PGP encrypted
> files? S/MIME?
> My point is that anyone who thinks this sort of scanning software will
> solve *all* of their virus problems is fooling themselves.