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SubjectRe: DES module in kernel?
On Wed, Mar 17, 1999 at 09:22:26AM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 16, 1999 at 08:25:58PM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> > > > It is worth it for MIT to try, and unlike Open Source, M*I*T is
> > > > a concrete institution with access to decent legal expertise.
> > >
> > > Not a bad idea.
> > >
> >
> > Hmm... I wonder if MIT might agree to mirror/host
> >
> > There is a precedent, wasn't MIT a distribution point for another
> > other export controlled product developed by Phil Zimmerman?
> >
> > Not many organizations in U.S. Government (and perhaps none at all)
> > have sufficent clout to squelch MIT.
> >
> Why not leave it where it is -- off U.S. jurisdiction?

Hi Peter,

Agreed, that is best overall. My frustration, as a developer trapped
behind the U.S. crypto iron curtain, sometimes clouds my thinking.

Personally, I am uncomfortable releasing even the most trivial crypto
enabling modifications to the kernel (as in the change to the transfer
module API made to the loop device driver in 2.1.130).

MIT already distributes Kerberos, etc. MIT apparently is not as
easily squelched as are individual software developers.

It would be helpful if MIT would establish a public archive
which accepts contributions of US developed open source crypto
materials, and handles the controls imposed by silly regulations.

Reed H. Petty

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