PGP Opens Up Encryption Source Code
To the delight of cryptography enthusiasts and privacy advocates, PGP releases source code for its flagship line of encryption products.Newly formed PGP Corp. took a big step Monday toward endearing itself to cryptography enthusiasts and privacy advocates by releasing the source code for its flagship line of encryption products. The code for the entire PGP 8.0 linewhich was also introduced Mondayis available on the companys Web site for free download. This move is a resurrection of the policy of openness and freedom that led to the creation of the original Pretty Good Privacy software more than 10 years ago and was a hallmark of the now-defunct PGP Inc. Users can download and review the code for free but cannot reuse or modify it.
The publication of cryptographic algorithms and source code for encryption products has long been a common way for cryptographers and developers to test the strength and security of their products. But as more and more of the original freeware and shareware encryption products moved into the corporate realm, the practice has gradually fallen out of favor.