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Hello Don,

Am 01.03.2023 um 01:03 schrieb Don Brown via MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

If email uses PGP or any encryption how does the receiving mail server decrypt it.

One of the most important questions regarding mail encryption! Glad you asked it. It's not just all about software.

In one way or the other, the peer must have his own key (pair) to decrypt, or verify messages. Who creates that key pair, and how it is securely transferred to the peer site is IMO crucial to a solid trust.

And yes, also the peer site needs some software with those keys and the mail data as input, yielding "an email" as output.

I feel there's much theory involved about "we need encryption" without thinking this through in general. Email encryption done right is cumbersome. That's why nobody uses it unless some force is in effect.

:wq! PoC

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