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From Stefan Bodewig <bode...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Apache TSIK
Date Mon, 23 May 2005 08:19:15 GMT
On Sun, 22 May 2005, Ben Laurie <ben@algroup.co.uk> wrote:
> Noel J. Bergman wrote:
>> There is a proposed "PGP" package being discussed in Jakarta
>> Commons.  Would there be any overlap at lower levels (not at the WS
>> layer) between them, providing for some collaboration?
> 
> This strikes me as orthogonal,

Same here.

> but it might be of interest that I'm currently working on a
> to-be-BSD-licensed (or equivalent) PGP C library.

Interesting, yes.

The goal of the commons component is to provide an easier API for the
"simple" task of signing a stream or verifying the signature.  This is
what the Maven and Ant build tools would need today.  En-/Decryprion
may come later as well.

There already exist at least two "license compatible" Java libraries
that provide OpenPGP functionality (bouncycastle.org and cryptix.org)
so the component is also going to provide an implementation agnostic
interface.  Bindings to command line invocations of OpenPGP compatible
toolkits or JNI bindings to a C-library would certainly be possible as
well.

> BTW, its properly called OpenPGP.

We started with PGP (based on ignorance, mainly 8-) but have made up
our mind already and will call it commons-openpgp.  Unless we broaden
the scope even more so it would become commons-crypto - in which case
there'd be more overlap with XML security or TSIK.

Stefan

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