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Re: Abandon e-mail and go to direct connections?
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On Tue, 16 Feb 1999, William H. Geiger III wrote:
> Since we are talking about creating a mixmaster 3 has anyone thought of
> abandoning using e-mail and go to direct connections between the mixmaster
> servers? We could use something like TLS for encrypted links. I think that
> there would be some advantages in this approach against traffic analysis
> of the remailers. If the remailer links were reliable we could have a
> steady stream of traffic between the servers injecting messages when
> needed. We would still need pooling and mixing on the end remailers before
> they sent messages out for the final hop via sendmail.
That's actually been in the works for a long time, probably pre-2.0.3. The
idea was to use a DH key exchange. Another advantage of doing something
like this, probably often overlooked, is that mixmaster packets can be
exchanged in binary 8-bit format: No more ASCII armor and a 25% reduction
in size, at least. Not everyone will be able to make use of this (you'll
need to have at least a PPP connection). Even then, a possibility is to
list a remailer as intermittent, so that other remailers don't try to
transfer messages unless there is already an open connection with that
remailer, or try once per hour. Something like that.
Andy Dustman You should always say "spam" and "eggs"
ComStar Communications Corp. instead of "foo" and "bar"
(706) 549-7689 | PGP KeyID=0xC72F3F1D in Python examples. (Mark Lutz)
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