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From "Rick McGuire (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (GERONIMO-880) Geronimo ships patent-protected bouncycastle IDEA implementation.
Date Mon, 15 Aug 2005 11:50:54 GMT
Geronimo ships patent-protected bouncycastle IDEA implementation. 

         Key: GERONIMO-880
     Project: Geronimo
        Type: Bug
  Components: console, OpenEJB  
 Environment: All
    Reporter: Rick McGuire

Current Geronimo is shipping the full bouncycastle jar file, which includes an implementation
of the IDEA encryption algorithm.  Additionally, the openejb code explicitly includes the
IDEA algorithm in its supported cryptography suite.

The IDEA algorithm is a bit problematic, since the royalty agreement is for non-commercial
use only...royalties are expected for commercial use.  It's not clear what the definition
of commercial use would actually be, but any user building a commercial website with Geronimo
might be at risk for a patent claim just from the presence of the code.  Additionally, since
there is no way to explicitly enable or discable the IDEA suite, a user might be using the
code for commercial purposes without even knowing it. 

The presence of this code is also a problem for any companies wishing to embed Geronimo in
a commercial offering.  Having this code in the Geronomo base would probably kick in the commercial
uses clause and make those companies subject to royalties.

The IDEA code code in bouncycastle is not easily removed because the encryption engines are
not dyamically loaded.  It would be a simple matter to replace the IDEA engine class with
a simple one that merely threw an exception (see attached class).  The openejb code probably
needs to remove the IDEA algorithms from the supported list as well. 

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