(CANCELED) - OpenPGP and S/MIME are both on the STEED

Speaker(s) : Werner KOCH

  • Language : English
  • Level : Confirmed
  • Nature : Conference
  • Date : Tuesday 10 July 2012
  • Schedule : 14h00
  • Duration : 40 minutes
  • Place : Uni Mail R280
Target audience : Geeks


Edit 29/06/2012 : This talk is canceled. Werner Koch will not be able to come to Geneva for personal reasons.

End-to-end mail encryption is still ignored by almost all users. The mails are left in the clear in the mailboxes of the web mail providers, where they are frequently collected by attackers and lead to an escalation of the attack due to the sensitivity of the mail content.

This talk describes a new and simplified infrastructure to protect mail. STEED uses the established mail standards S/MIME and OpenPGP but replaces their complex trust models with keys identified by mail addresses along with a persistence of pseudonyms approach to mitigate man-in-the-middle attacks and an automated distribution of public keys. See http://g10code.com/steed.html for details.


Werner Koch, born 1961, is radio amateur since the late seventies and became interested in software development at about the same time. He worked on systems ranging from CP/M systems to mainframes, languages from assembler to Smalltalk and applications from drivers to financial analysis systems. He is a long time GNU/Linux developer and known as the principal author of the GNU Privacy Guard. In 2001 he founded g10 Code, a company specialized in development of Free Software based security applications.