Re: [ANNOUNCE] PGP 5.0 Freeware is available from MIT

Jim Whitehead (
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 19:42:44 -0700

>This release marks a major transition to a new public key infrastructure
>based on the Diffie-Hellman (DH) public key algorithm for privacy and
>the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) for digital signatures. The RSA
>algorithm is still supported and this version will work with the old RSA
>keys you may already have. However all new keys generated by this
>version will be DH/DSS keys. Many of the internal performance
>improvements are only available when used exclusively with DH/DSS keys
>(this is because using RSA keys requires PGP 5.0 to be backward
>compatible with PGP 2.6.2 which requires PGP 5.0 to use less efficient
>message formats).

Um, which digital signature standard is he referring to? I thought this
was still an open working item for the W3C.

- Jim