Re: GPG signatures

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On Tue, 30 Dec 2003 21:54:58 +0100
Michael Schwendt <ms-nospam-0306@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Tue, 30 Dec 2003 14:27:57 -0500, Sean Estabrooks wrote:
> > Is there anybody left who doesn't understand that email can be
> > spoofed?  
> Are you serious? Many, many people look only at the from address and are
> quite shocked/surprised when you mail them a message using their name
> and address.

Well i was half serious, i was trying to point out that anyone who knows
how to use signatures also knows about spoofing.    I think there are
other was to deal with this problem rather than posting signatures to
public mailing lists.   If you restrict signatures to private
correspondence i think you're likely to see the benefit without the
noise it creates for those of us that don't care.

I'll point out that some very high profile people who are more likely to
be spoofed (Linus, Andrew Morton etc etc) haven't found it necessary to
resort to including a signature in each and every message they send.

People come to know you through your posting on a mailing list and aren't
likely to be fooled if your name appears on a message offering them access
to an adult website.   Is this really something that happens a lot to you?

> A GPG signature doesn't  occupy as much space as some people's huge
> message footers.

Don't even get me started about the per message spam people think is
appropriate for their signatures. ;o)   Personally my fetchmail script
strips the worst signatures ang GPG cruft out of all inbound messages so
it's not a big problem for me.    I just haven't heard a justification
that convinces me that it's appropriate for a public list.   I'm still
left with the feeling that none of the problems you've articulated 
justify this particular "solution".

Having said that i'm prepared to live in a world where you and others
think  otherwise.


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