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************** READ ME FILE FOR MAZNIK 1 *************** CAUTION: DO NOT SEND THIS PROGRAM TO ANYONE OUTSIDE THE CONTIGUOUS U.S. AS THERE ARE FEDERAL LAWS THAT MAY BE INFRINGED BY DOING SO. THESE LAWS CHANGE OFTEN, SO CHECK THE MOST RECENT LAWS BEFORE SENDING THIS PROGRAM TO ANYONE. THE PROGRAMMER TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE USE OR MISUSE OF THIS PROGRAM, NOR ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY- THING THAT MAY OCCUR WHILE USING THIS PROGRAM. ****************** ABOUT THE PROGRAM ******************* This Program has only been tested using Windows 95/98. This is a NO COMPROMISE encryption program. It's weakest link is the LENGTH of the KEY that you choose to use. - The KEY length can be anywhere from 4 to 32 characters. - The TEXT to be enciphered can be up to 32000 char- acters long. - This program DOES NOT encipher any file. It is designed to encipher TEXT ONLY. It is also designed to allow you to enter enciphered text from a printout, so there are limitations as to what characters can be entered when entering en-de-ciphered text. Make sure you are in the correct mode ('Entering Plain Text' or 'Entering Ciphered Text') when entering text. - LOWER case text is NOT SUPPORTED in this program. Do not paste text into the program, save the text to a file and then open it in Maznik. - Save an enciphered E-Mail message to a file and then open it in Maznik. This will assure that the extra characters that the E-Mail may contain are eliminated before Maznik opens it. This program is FREEWARE, disseminate as you wish, all in the interest of being able to retain at least some privacy in this world of continually reduced autonomy. ******************* HOW TO OPERATE ********************* BUTTONS DESCRIPTION: -See/Hide Key If this button shows See Key then the Key entry is hidden and vice-versa. -See/Hide Text If this button shows See Text then the text entry area is blank and you cannot enter text. You can open, save, print, en-de cipher while the text entry area is blank. This allows you to instantly blank out any text displayed if so desired. Pressing the button again will restore whatever text was there. -Encipher/Decipher Message This button will either encipher or decipher the currently displayed text. -Plain/Ciphered This button selects the text entry mode that the program is in. -Clear This button will clear the displayed text. It also allows the exiting of the reply mode when Msg. Name shows a file name instead of 'New or Reply Message'. -Reply This button becomes active when a message is opened from a file. When pushed, the program will enter the reply mode. Reply mode allows you to write a reply to one or more messages easily by referencing back to the original message while entering your reply. -Restore Only active in the reply mode. This button switches you back and forth between your reply and the message you are replying to. You can keep your place in whichever text you are viewing by clicking on the bottom of the text area that you want to remain viewed as you switch back and forth. -Open Open a file. Not active in reply mode while showing your reply message, but is active while displaying the message to be replied to. This allows you to write one reply to multiple messages (replying to multiple e-mail messages from the same person, etc.). -Save, Print and Exit These do as indicated by their name. -Picture Window This button opens another window that allows you to open a 24bit picture file. If you have pictures that you want to use that are not 24bit, then open the picture in any paint program and then save it as a 24bit picture. * using this portion of the program allows you to save 24bit picture files with plain or ciphered text randomly distributed with- in the picture. You can also send picture E-Mails that contain your text. This provides increased security in that your text is not only encrypted, but also hidden within a picture. *Remember 'Entering Plain Text' and 'Entering Ciphered Text' modes alter some of the types of characters that you can enter, so make sure you are in the correct mode for what you are entering. You can enter the KEY then just hit enter and the pro- gram will encipher/decipher without having to "push" the Encipher/Decipher button. ********************** PRINTING ************************ This program sets margins and page lengths. A header and a footer is shown for each page. A page is 64 characters by 48 lines. If the printout is different you may want to try changing the settings on your printer. Enciphered text that is printed can be typed into the program allowing you to only retain a hard copy instead of saving to disk. WARNING, if you choose to print the KEY LENGTH so that you will have a clue as to what key you used to encipher the message, remember that this will also give a clue to anyone trying to break the cipher. If you do not need this clue, choose not to print the key length. ******************** FILE HANDLING ********************* Files saved using this program use either *.ecp or *.dcp file extensions. *.ecp are saved enciphered files while *.dcp are saved deciphered files. Either file type can be opened by any text handling program. You can open .ecp,.dcp,.eml,.txt and *.* files. -Opening files that cannot be enciphered by this program will be terminated and will not be loaded. The criteria for this is that what will be enciphered can be printed and then be entered by hand off the printed page. If characters are in the file that would be enciphered into a non-enterable character then loading of the file is terminated. -If a file greater than 32000 but less than 64001 characters is opened, then the program will only load the first 32000 characters and the rest of the file will not be loaded. Files greater than 64000 characters will be terminated. -If you have an existing file that you only want to load a portion of, you can open it using a text handling program and put 5 } before the desired text and 5 } after the desired text and then save it. You can then open the file in Maznik and only the text between the two 5 } entries will be loaded. Maznik saves all of its files with 5 } before and after the desired text. If you open an existing Maznik file with a text hand- ling program you will also see a space 0 or 1 then another space just before the ending 5 }, this just tells the program if the file is an enciphered or a deciphered file. The 5 } shown above is not a 5 space } it is 5 '}' characters in a row with no spaces. It is written in this manner so that you can read this file in Maznik, otherwise the 5 }'s would limit the amount of text from this file that Maznik would load. ******************** ABOUT SECURITY ******************** The KEY LENGTH is all important with respect to the ultimate security of your enciphered text. This can easily be seen by considering the following; - You can enter in 63 different characters for each KEY character that you enter. So, if you enter the minimum of 4 KEY characters then you would have to try 63E4 different keys to "guess" the proper key. That means you would have to enter the guessed key then try a decipher 15,752,961 times-NOT very practical for some- one doing this while using the program. Now, if you use 32 KEY characters it would require 63E32 or 3.79...to the 57 power times to use the enter key try a decipher method-impossible! Now you can see why security depends on key length. - Unless you are worried about some 3 letter agency being interested in your enciphered message, a 4 length key may even be good enough. Make sure that you pick a key that would be hard for someone to guess. Keys like your child's name, your address or certain digits of your phone number etc., should be AVOIDED. ********************** TECHNICAL *********************** The programmer is reluctant to explain exactly how this program enciphers plain text, but there are some things that can be mentioned. - There are NO BACK DOORS or any other compromise in key length or key use. - The program uses MANY random generators which are all different and some are of different sequence lengths. - The KEY is used as it is entered and also after it has been enciphered using a different algorithm than what enciphers the TEXT. - Other processes are used on the KEY and the TEXT during the enciphering of both. - If someone has a copy of the source code it cannot aid them in being able to decipher TEXT without the KEY. - The KEY and/or PLAIN TEXT will not be left anywhere in RAM after exiting the program. The exception to this is if you choose to SAVE or PRINT DECIPHERED TEXT. The KEY is still destroyed during this exception. ******************** MORE TECHNICAL ******************** If there are any mathematical short cuts to deciphering an enciphered message using Maznik, the progammer is completely unaware of any such methods. This is not to say that there are none. If the program were to be de- engineered then attacked with multiple super computers, no one could predict the outcome. To the programmer's knowledge this attack would not compromise the cipher's integrity, but as some of you may know, the Germans during WWII thought the same thing about their Enigma and more advanced Mod 2 ciphering machines. The Allies were able to break these ciphers by a combination of the short comings of the machines, operational errors, machine configuration and genius. If Maznik is "USED PROPERLY" it should be equivalent to a "one time pad" which is considered unbreakable. The meaning of "USED PROPERLY" for maximum security; -Do not encipher more than 100,000 characters with the same key. Remember, you can always send someone a new key in an enciphered message. -Do not, very often, start or end different messages with the same text. Maznik does circumvent this problem to a large extent, but for maximum security follow this advice. -Remember about not using a key that someone can guess. -Keep messages as short as possible. -Use a key that is at least 27 characters long and uses characters that are not limited to normal words. Example: use [4$G%^1(:HV!;<D] instead of [THIS IS MY KEY] Of course, the problem is trying to remember the first key illustrated, but remember this is only necessary for MAXIMUM security. For most of you that may use this program, the only above suggestion that MUST be followed is not to use a key that someone can guess. Otherwise, you need not necessarily adhere to the above.
Source: ReadMe.txt, updated 2011-09-22

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