[nycbug-talk] USENIX + CACert

mikel king mikel.king
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.
> -bob

I upgraded to mozilla instead...;-) This way I can divert more of my 
funds to my research on beer.

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