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Re: [ga] Registration process suggestion

William and all,

  PGP/GnuPG and Openpgp is too easily circumventable.  Very vulnerable to
Man-in-the-middle-attacks.  This is well documented.  In fact the FBI did
a special on this on Discovery last week.  Not a good solution I am afraid.
PGP is just what it stands for. "Pretty good Privacy".  For voting, that may
not be good enough.  Certainly isn't for the USG and the FEC in specific.

William X. Walsh wrote:

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> On 04-Feb-2000 Roeland M.J. Meyer wrote:
> > There are two problems extant.
> > 1) Aliasing and masquerading, usurping someone else's email identity.
> > 2) Multiple identities for the same individual.
> >
> > The first one is easily automatable.
> >
> > a) Voter registration system has PK set
> > b) Voter registration system *is* a voter CA.
> >
> > 1) Voter generates/obtains x.509 key set (see your local CA)
> > 2) Voter submits registration form along with public key and CRL.
> > 3) System return, via email, voter CA certificate.
> >
> > All further email, both ways must be signed, after this point, including ALL
> > discussion list submissions. Those not signed or failing certification do
> > not get posted.
> This method is only compatible with a very very small subset of email clients,
> that support the s/mime certs.  PGP/GnuPG using the openpgp standards would
> work with any email client.
> On the issue of identity verification, I'm rather pleased with Harald's
> proposal for dealing with that.  Publish the list, and permit challenges, that
> have to provide a copy of their identification in trust to the appointed person.
> - --
> William X. Walsh <william@dso.net>
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