: New Internet-Draft for the OpenPGP Message Format

A New Internet-Draft for the OpenPGP Message Format is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts directories. This draft is a work item of the An Open Specification for Pretty Good Privacy Working Group of the IETF.

Title : OpenPGP Message Format
Author(s) : J. Callas, L. Donnerhacke, H. Finney, R. Thayer
Filename : draft-ietf-openpgp-rfc2440bis-07.txt
Pages : 71
Date : 2003-3-5

This document is maintained in order to publish all necessary
information needed to develop interoperable applications based on
the OpenPGP format. It is not a step-by-step cookbook for writing an
application. It describes only the format and methods needed to
read, check, generate, and write conforming packets crossing any
network. It does not deal with storage and implementation questions.
It does, however, discuss implementation issues necessary to avoid
security flaws.
OpenPGP software uses a combination of strong public-key and
symmetric cryptography to provide security services for electronic
communications and data storage. These services include
confidentiality, key management, authentication, and digital
signatures. This document specifies the message formats used in