AxCrypt Release 1.6

Finally!

The next release of AxCrypt, sporting support and demonstration of some interesting new technologies. Static configuration information is moving into XML, and this and the executables are signed using strong elliptic curve digital signatures.

This means that AxCrypt is now self-verifying and resistant to all generic viruses, trojans and worms.

There's also support for a rather cool and very strong short license signature technology based on reduced elliptic curve digital signatures as a technology demonstration - quite irrelevant for the GPL code as such. A white paper included in the documentation download. This could possibly be the first cryptographically strong license scheme to be published as open source - if you know differently, please let me know!

The installer is also signed using Microsoft Authenticode, making XP SP2 friendlier towards it.

There are also some minor bugs fixed.

Most changes will not be readily user-visible, but the source tree is changed quite a bit, as a very first step towards a more portable structure. Crypto++ library is now included for the digital signature support, and legacy SHA-1 and AES-code will soon be dropped in favor of this to reduce the size and enhance portability.

We're also staring the process to change the company name from Axon Data to Axantum Software AB, but both names are used in various contexts in this release.

Send mail to axcrypt axantum com (fill in the blanks with '@' and '.' respectively).

Posted by Svante Seleborg 2004-11-27

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