24 December 1997

Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 13:24:45 GMT
To: cryptography@c2.net
From: David Hopwood <hopwood@zetnet.co.uk>
Subject: ANNOUNCE: Cryptix V3.0 cryptography library released (FWD)


For immediate release:

Cryptix 3.0 - the International JCE

23 December 1997 -- A major new release of Cryptix is now available on web
sites around the world. Cryptix V3.0 includes the International Java
Cryptography Extension (IJCE).

The cleanroom implementation of the JavaSoft specification was built by
David Hopwood and Raif Naffah, and also includes new algorithms by the team,
including the long-awaited unencumbered ElGamal public key algorithm.

Cryptix includes the strong cryptography that is needed to protect privacy
and electronic commerce on the Internet. With this release, the Cryptix
Development Team is maintaining its committment to quality, freeware

In full, the Cryptix International JCE release supports:

      Symmetric encryption  Blowfish, CAST5, DES, Triple DES, IDEA,
                            LOKI'91, RC2, RC4, SAFER, SPEED, Square

      Message digests       HAVAL, MD2, MD4, MD5, RIPEMD-128, RIPEMD-160,
                            SHA-0, SHA-1
      Public-key encryption RawElGamal GF(p), RSA
      Public-key signatures RawElGamal GF(p), RSA
      Padding               PKCS#5, PKCS#7, OneAndZeroes, NONE
      Modes                 ECB, CBC, CFB, CFB-PGP, OFB
      Miscellaneous         Base64 encoding

Cryptix now offers the widest choice in Java cryptographic solutions. These
benefits can be downloaded from the international mirror index listed below.

A design goal of maintaining compatibility with Java 1.0.2 has been
substantially achieved, although specific Java 1.1 features and some of the
new algorithms (ElGamal and KeyGenerators) are not available when using the
older standard. This provides a smoother upgrade path to full J1.1 and JCE

The international download mirror index is located at
http://www.systemics.com/software/cryptix-java/ The Cryptix Development Team
acknowledges the kind assistance of the many mirror sites that permit
widespread and free distribution of the product, to maximum benefit of the
Internet community.

David Hopwood <hopwood@zetnet.co.uk>, Raif S. Naffah <raif@fl.net.au> and
Ian Grigg <iang@systemics.com> are available to answer questions on this
release of Cryptix.

Cryptix is a trademark of Systemics Ltd.
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems does not endorse this release,
and are not involved in any way with the product.

David Hopwood <hopwood@zetnet.co.uk>
PGP public key: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/hopwood/public.asc
Key fingerprint = 71 8E A6 23 0E D3 4C E5  0F 69 8C D4 FA 66 15 01
Key type/length = RSA 2048-bit (always check this as well as the fingerprint)

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