Re: [Full-Disclosure] a PGP signed mail? Has to be spam!

From: Michael Gale (
Date: 11/12/03

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    Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 20:54:11 -0700


            Do you know how PGP signatures work, you need to have the person who
    signed it / created the PGP sig to somehow securely provide you with
    their key to validate it.

    For example look at this message - it have a PGP signature that my mail
    client says it very good. It trusts it - but according to the PGP
    signature this e-mail is from Bill Gates, from

    PGP is NOT secure AT ALL unless we all start trading keys via a secure
    means. That is why it has never taken off.


    On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 20:15:56 -0700
    Scott Taylor <> wrote:

    > On Tue, 2003-11-11 at 19:22, wrote:
    > > Hi everyone
    > >
    > > I had to notice something today that really disturbed me. A friend
    > > of mine(working for a very big company) complained, that she doesn't
    > > get any mails from me anymore. It turned out, that apparently my
    > > mails went straight into the spam filter, as I signed everyone of
    > > them. When I sent unsigned mails, she got them. What do we learn?
    > > Crypto is bad m'kay? But for real, does that mean that we won't be
    > > able to sign any mails anymore soon, due to the spam problem(and
    > > stupid admins)?'EGovernment' is the big word everywhere nowadays.
    > > The electronic signature is mentioned as a way to ensure the
    > > credidibility of sender and receiver. Now what?
    > > Guys(and girls), the situation sucks. What do you think? And, most
    > > important of all, do you see any way to fight this behaviour?
    > > Because honestly, I don't.
    > > Greets
    > >
    > > $me
    > Quite the opposite. My bayesian filter is learning to love signed
    > messages. I'd probably start rejecting any non-signed messages just
    > on principle if I didn't have so many friends that paid for their
    > operating system. Your friend's company probably overpaid for their
    > spam filter too. She should send a note to her boss, the mail admin,
    > etc. saying that *business contacts* are being blocked due to poor
    > filtering. They tend to pay a little more attention if they think its
    > affecting their sales.
    > I don't know any spammers that actually sign with valid gpg
    > signatures. And even if they did, their fingerprint would give us
    > something to specifically blacklist. It would be worth the effort to
    > have the mailserver itself verify signatures if enough people used
    > them. Decent mail clients make signing and checking signatures easy,
    > and they do a good job now of turning otherwise ugly blocks of random
    > text into a nice little 'valid signature' icon. Its not so much that I
    > think someone is going to spoof a friend's email account although with
    > all the poser viruses out there, a message claiming to be from me but
    > unsigned should raise concern among the people I regularly email.
    > --
    > Scott Taylor - <>
    > Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
    > -- Samuel Goldwyn
    > _______________________________________________
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    Full-Disclosure - We believe in it.

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