[pycrypto] the sad state of pycrypto

Dwayne C. Litzenberger dlitz at dlitz.net
Sun Nov 9 14:16:46 CST 2008

On Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 12:45:35PM -0700, zooko wrote:
>I wonder if your current ideas, Dwayne Litzenberger, about making a  
>cryptography API that is easier for people to use safely without  
>knowing a lot about crypto details, means you are exploring design  
>space that the Key Czar project has recently jumped into:

Yes, I'm aware of Key Czar, and I'm following their mailing list.  It seems 
to be worth paying attention to.  That said, the impression I get is that 
the Key Czar guys want to work with their own particular high-level message 
syntax, whereas PyCrypto allows users (such as the Paramiko or Twisted 
Conch SSH libraries) to make up their own, arbitrary message syntaxes (even 
ASN.1, though I don't plan to support ASN.1 directly.)

One day, PyCrypto and Key Czar might even end up merging (or one might make 
the other redundant).  I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Dwayne C. Litzenberger <dlitz at dlitz.net>
  Key-signing key   - 19E1 1FE8 B3CF F273 ED17  4A24 928C EC13 39C2 5CF7
  Annual key (2008) - 4B2A FD82 FC7D 9E38 38D9  179F 1C11 B877 E780 4B45
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