Re: Thunderbird and end-to-end email encryption – should this be a priority?

Klaus Hartnegg hartnegg at uni-freiburg.de
Wed Aug 26 05:32:22 UTC 2015


Am 26.08.2015 um 03:39 schrieb Joshua Cranmer 🐧:
> End-to-end email encryption is a very hard problem, one with no real
> clear solution.

S/MIME is already there. The only thing missing is how to get the 
certificate imported and put in the right place.

If would be a huge improvement if Thunderbird could import that 
certificate not only from a file, but also from an attachement, like iOS 
does. Because currently the certificate must be received with Firefox, 
exported there, and then imported into Thunderbird.

Thunderbird should detect a certificate in an attachement, ask for the 
password with which it is encrypted, detect for which email address it 
is made for, and put it into the right place.

This would enable service providers to set up a server which creates and 
sends such certificates (and in the process requires clicking on a link 
in one or several emails, sent once or one per week to verify that the 
owner of that email address is the one who asked for the certificate).

Klaus



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