2.7.12 An Open Specification for Pretty Good Privacy (openpgp)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 66th IETF Meeting in Montreal, Quebec Canada. It may now be out-of-date.

Last Modified: 2005-07-10


Derek Atkins <derek@ihtfp.com>

Security Area Director(s):

Russ Housley <housley@vigilsec.com>
Sam Hartman <hartmans-ietf@mit.edu>

Security Area Advisor:

Sam Hartman <hartmans-ietf@mit.edu>

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Description of Working Group:

PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, first appeared on the Internet in 1991.
has enjoyed significant popularity amongst the Internet Community.

PGP is used both for protecting E-mail and File Storage. It presents a
way to digitally sign and encrypt information "objects." As such it is
well suited for any store and forward application.

The goal of the OpenPGP working group is to provide IETF standards for
the algorithms and formats of PGP processed objects as well as
the MIME framework for exchanging them via e-mail or other transport

Because there is a significant installed base of PGP users, the
group will consider compatibilty issues to avoid disenfranchising the
existing community of PGP users.

Security Issues:

The whole purpose of Open-PGP is to provide security services.

Goals and Milestones:

Done  Submit Internet-Draft for PGP Key Format & Message Specification
Done  Submit Internet Draft for MIME encapsulation of PGP Messages Specification
Done  Issue WG Last Call for PGP Key Format & Message Specification Internet-Draft documents
Done  Submit PGP Key Format & Message Specification Internet-Draft to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard.
Done  WG Last Call for PGP/MIME draft
Done  Submit PGP/MIME draft to IESG for consideration as PROPOSED standard
May 2001  Submit Multiple Sig draft to IESG for consideration as PROPOSED standard
Jul 2001  Begin RFC2440, PGP/MIME Interoperability testing
Aug 2001  Request DRAFT status for RFC2440


  • draft-ietf-openpgp-rfc2440bis-18.txt

    Request For Comments:

    RFC2440 PS OpenPGP Message Format
    RFC3156 PS MIME Security with OpenPGP

    Meeting Minutes