Re: word 97 decryption finally completed

Caolan McNamara (
Tue, 14 Sep 1999 15:28:23 +0100 (IST)

On 14-Sep-99 Shaw Terwilliger wrote:
> wrote:
>> Actually... Having gone through the process of getting an export
>> license, all I can say is AAAARRGRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!
>> includes simple cyphers (e.g. rot13). What it boils down to is that
>> "exportable" encryption still does not entitle you to export without an
>> export license; it only makes it possible to get one.
>> The problem is that an export license typically only applies to a single
>> application and can take months (or years) to get. It's a hassle. I
>> would suggest going with the foreign server approach (a la
>> first.
>Yes, I understand how the US government regulates export of encryption.
>Just because it is weak (say, 40-bit) doesn't mean you don't need a
>license, only that it's possible for you to get one.
>However, libwv is only doing decryption, and I wasn't sure if that
>qualified as controllable cryptography. I've been told it doesn't.

The rc4 decryption process to 100 identical to encryption, so if you
were to "decrypt" twice, youd end up with the original encrypted doc,
so you wouldnt get through on that loophole :-).

>I have a printout of the US EAR (Export Administration Regulations) in
>front of me, and it doesn't make it any clearer.
>Shaw Terwilliger

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