12 July 1998
From: email@example.com (Peter Gutmann) Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 05:04:19 (NZST) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: AUCRYPTO: cryptlib public beta released I've just released a public beta of my encryption library, http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/cryptlib/ As well as the usual encryption options it's always had, it now supports certificate handling (X.509v3, PKIX, SET, and every imaginable variation and mutation of the above), attribute certificates, CRL's, and other bits and pieces. So far the betas haven't been publicised much, but I thought I'd make this one public because I'd like feedback from users of various OS's which I don't have easy access to (for those who haven't seen it before, it supports a wide variety of algorithms, many implemented in assembly language for extra speed, digital signatures, key exchange, key generation, management, and a key database interface, etc etc etc, and comes with a fairly comprehensive 180-page users manual). You can get the beta as ftp://ftp.franken.de/pub/crypt/cryptlib/beta/beta0709.zip the manual from the same location as ftp://ftp.franken.de/pub/crypt/cryptlib/beta/manual.pdf and precompiled binaries for Windows as ftp://ftp.franken.de/pub/crypt/cryptlib/beta/beta_bin.zip (although the real point of the beta is that you play with the source code rather than just grabbing some binaries). Please don't mirror this, the site's probably somewhat slow but I'd rather not have a pre-release beta appearing all over the place. What I'm particularly interested in is getting a wider variety of key database interfaces going. cryptlib can use any type of SQL database as a key database, but since I can't port it to every database engine in existence (more because of the fact that I don't have access to them all than because of the difficulty involved, it's fairly simple to do), in many cases the code is only a sketch of what's needed. What's currently partially supported is BSQL, MySQL, Oracle, Postgres, Raima Velocis, and Solid, I'd be interested in having these finished up. Fully supported (the last time I checked) were only mSQL (Unix) and generic ODBC (Windows). This version includes a new bignum library, the asm bignum support for some Unix platforms (the Alpha and Irix spring to mind) is currently a bit broken, so you'll have to compile without asm or wait for the next release. In addition the keygen code is replaced by stubs for the same reason, if you really need keys you can get around this for now by using the ability to read PGP private key files. Peter.