[nycbug-talk] USENIX + CACert
mikel.king at ocsny.com
Fri Jun 11 13:07:16 EDT 2004
Bob Ippolito wrote:
> On Jun 11, 2004, at 12:29 PM, mikel king wrote:
>> Chris Coleman wrote:
>>> Ok, I have my cert from CAcert. Now who is going to write me an
>>> quick explanation of how to install it on Mail.app in my ibook?
>>> (An article is in order on setting this up on BSD and ibooks.)
>>> On Jun 10, 2004, at 11:05 AM, Bob Ippolito wrote:
>>>> I don't think I'm going to be able to make USENIX this year, but
>>>> one thing I've heard about that particularly interests me is that
>>>> the whole CAcert crew is going to be there. CAcert is the
>>>> "Community-Oriented and Driven Certificate Authority". Basically,
>>>> they're trying to do what Thawte, Verisign, etc. does, but offer
>>>> the services for free. They offer email, server, and most recently
>>>> code signing certificates.
>>>> The 'problem' with CAcert (other than the fact that operating
>>>> systems don't yet trust its root cert by default), is that in order
>>>> to be fully authorized (get 2 year certs, name on email cert, etc.)
>>>> you need to be verified by an existing member with assurer (or
>>>> better) status. Unfortunately, there aren't ANY assurers in the
>>>> NYC area! Since these are the board members, anyone certified by
>>>> them is immediately granted assurer status. So, for those of you
>>>> going, it would be awesome if you signed up for CAcert and got
>>>> yourself assured, and we could have a little "key-signing party" at
>>>> the end of the next nycbug meeting. If three nycbug members become
>>>> assured by board members, then that is enough to assign >100 points
>>>> to new people, who can then assure each other, so that nycbug'er
>>>> (who wants it) should be able to end up with full assurer status
>>>> (assuming there's about 6 people who are interested, possibly less
>>>> if I do the math).
>> I don't have an iBook, so will a g3 w/ 10.2 do?
> I'm pretty that the Mail.app that ships with 10.2 DOES NOT support
> digital signatures.
> Upgrade! 10.3 is much better.
I upgraded to mozilla instead...;-) This way I can divert more of my
funds to my research on beer.
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