[nycbug-talk] USENIX + CACert

Bob Ippolito bob
Fri Jun 11 12:39:46 EDT 2004

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.

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