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Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:43:34 -0500
From: Rob Landley <>
Subject: Re: High-priority library replacements?

On 04/26/2013 10:47:29 AM, Rich Felker wrote:
> > > While writing your own "xyz" may be a good learning experience  
> and fun
> > > and so on, a crypto library faces some restrictions:
> > > -You will need to fix bugs promptly until you hand over  
> maintainership.
> > > (Otherwise, you become responsible when there's a vulnerability  
> that
> > > stays unfixed.)
> > Not really a problem for me.
> > BTW, latest official stable tomcrypt release was released in 2007.
> Yes, that's because it's already very mature.. :) BTW, a big plus of
> that is that it would be safe to fork tomcrypt and fix any issues in
> it that aren't going to get fixed upstream, like global state, since
> maintaining a fork of a mature but clean codebase is almost no work.

I note that dropbear has been maintaining a de-factor fork of  
libtomcrypt all that time. Might want to coordinate with him if you're  
going to bother.


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