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Re: distros & linux-distros embargo period and message format
From: Michael Gilbert <michael.s.gilbert () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 22:00:24 -0500

On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 8:45 PM, Solar Designer wrote:
On Fri, Feb 03, 2012 at 08:26:26PM -0500, Michael Gilbert wrote:
I think the important aspect here is the transparency of the private
discussion (after an appropriate delay), rather than the length of the
delay itself.

Thank you for sharing your opinion.

Yet the delay itself matters too.  There are different opinions as to
whether it is "the important aspect" or not.

That's why I think its more appropriate to defer such decisions to the
researcher who understands the complexity of the problem at hand (of
course hopefully allowing negotiation with those affected to choose a
disclosure date that can be met).

That can be set by the researcher (with some reasonable
maximum, like a month).

We all should be able to see what is going on over in the closed list.
 Although it is unlikely being used for nefarious purposes (hiding
issues permanently, etc.), transparency (after a delay) is the only
way to show that it is not.  Anyway, 30 days seems appropriate.

I don't mind.  Like I said, I need a tool - a program to mass-decrypt a
PGP/MIME mbox, producing another mbox.  I think such a program might be
generally useful.  Well, or alternatively I need to introduce a
different mechanism for the archive - not treat it as a regular
subscriber like I intended to.

Completely unfleshed out, but a pseudo-bash script along the lines of
the following should do it:

  echo "" > newmbox
  gpg-agent --allow-preset-passphrase
  /usr/lib/gnupg2/gpg-preset-passphrase --preset <cache id>
  cat mbox | while read line; do
      test <header> && echo $line >> /tmp/header
      test <body> && echo $line >> /tmp/body
      if [ <end off body> ]; then
          cat /tmp/header >> newmbox
          cat /tmp/body | gpg --decrypt >> newmbox
      fi
  done
  /usr/lib/gnupg2/gpg-preset-passphrase --forget

Obviously a bit more work there to figure out appropriate conditionals
to put in the angle brackets.

Best wishes,
Mike


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