Forgive my delay in getting into this discussion. I didn't know it
existed until Len forwarded part of it to me (thanks, Len).
As there are too many points to address, I'll hit on what I see as the
main goals of an inter-remailer protocol:
1) Less reliance upon smtp. A lot of reasons for this: logging, remops
who don't run their own MTAs, ISPs getting snippy.
2) "stealth remailers." What strikes me most about running an anonymous
remailer is that there's no easy way to run an anonymous anonymous
remailer. An inter-remailer protocol could allow
"true" middlemen: remailers that only send to and receive from other
3) DOS. A system like this might be used to combat some DOS attacks,
though I'm sure it could also give rise to new and perhaps mor interesting
ones. We'll have to discuss this more fully.
Another interesting effect might be allowing for
"casual" remailers: remailers that may come and go, but just provide
intermediate hops. This could also be useful for receiving anonymous
email: during my brief stints as a remop I had some nyms that hopped to my
remailer and just died there; I would dig them out of the the bin. If
something more elegant could be devised (and I'm certain it can) then this
would help to not only provide anonymous, private email but also boost the
number of hops available (think of what freenet's freemail should be; the
public archive of all your messages is where freemail breaks down, imo)
Anyway, those are my basic thoughts, in a nutshell. Having said all
that: How can I help implement something?
On Mon, Nov 12, 2001 at 10:12:15AM -0500, Katherine wrote:
> Anyway, those are my basic thoughts, in a nutshell. Having said all
> that: How can I help implement something?
Well, since the list seemed to die a little after a brief burst of activity
I've started coding something (protocol is based around that remix.pdf I
posted - thou changing it shouldn't be too hard).
I'll post the code up sometime - it currently has a complete RSA-OAEP
implimentation and thread core (based on GNU Pth)
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