Re: anonymous messages

Jon Rochlis (jon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU)
Mon, 14 Nov 88 11:27:39 EST

Privileged ports are a concept whose time has come and (hopefully)
gone. So has the idea that mail from "root" means you are a system
administrator. For example, MIT's Project Athena publishes the public
workstation root password in a piece of introductory documentation.
Nothing in the system relies on "root" being trusted.

If you want secure mail, take a look at RFC 1040, "Privacy Enhancement
for Internet Electronic Mail: Part I: Message Encipherment and
Authentication Procedures" by J. Linn.

                -- Jon

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