Update on user-level hack to do telnet encryption posted recently

Eric Hughes hughes at ah.com
Sat Mar 5 22:14:10 PST 1994

Perry doesn't like Graham's hack for telnet style encryption.  Graham
doesn't like Perry's attitude.  Such a _small_ teapot.

For the forseeable future, there will be the need for link encryption
where one is connecting to a site where the far end doesn't have
encrypted telnet available, _for_whatever_reason_at_all.  There are
lots of reasons, e.g. site managers are busy and the user did not plan
in advance.  It doesn't really matter.  If you can't alter the remote
end except by a user process, that's what you use.

Perry is absolutely correct that this hack is very bad as a long-term
solution, but it is labelled a hack, after all.  Nevertheless, there
is need for a short term solution.  Graham seems to have provided one
part of that.  Great.  Just because you shouldn't need to be using it
in two years is no reason to say it shouldn't be written.


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