Thunderbird 78, Enigmail and OpenPGP secure email

Magnus Melin mkmelin+mozilla at iki.fi
Tue Oct 8 21:45:48 UTC 2019


There has been no real developments on the Thunderbird - pEp front. The 
status of those discussions is still at the same stage they were some 
years ago: we're still awaiting an initial alpha prototype that can be 
evaluated, and after that further discussions would be had. (Re the 
prototype, we've been told, pEp in Enigmail is not it.)

The pEp mode of Enigmail will not be included in the Thunderbird OpenPGP 
integration. AFAIK pEp has abandoned using Enigmail as the delivery 
mechanism for their technology and are working some kind of alternative 
pEp integration for Thunderbird.

  -Magnus

On 08-10-2019 20:13, neandr wrote:
> No details about pEp. Do I miss a statement TB isn't going with pEp 
> anymore?
> AFAIK pEp is installed with Egnimail, so if Egnimail stops working 
> with >68 which role will pEp play in the future for TB?
>
> -------- Ursprüngliche Nachricht --------
> Von: Kai Engert <kaie at kuix.de>
> Datum: 08.10.19 09:20 (GMT+01:00)
> An: tb-planning at mozilla.org
> Betreff: Thunderbird 78, Enigmail and OpenPGP secure email
>
> This message is related to today's announcement on the Thunderbird blog:
> https://blog.mozilla.org/thunderbird/2019/10/thunderbird-enigmail-and-openpgp/
>
> Two popular technologies exist that add support for end-to-end
> encryption and digital signatures to email. Thunderbird has been
> offering built-in support for S/MIME for many years, and will continue
> to do so.
>
> The Enigmail Add-on has made it possible to use Thunderbird with
> external GnuPG software for OpenPGP messaging.
>
> Because Thunderbird 78 will no longer support classic Add-ons, the
> current Thunderbird 68.x branch (maintained until Fall 2020) will be the
> last that can be used with Enigmail.
>
> As a replacement, the Thunderbird team intends to develop integrated
> OpenPGP messaging for the next major version of Thunderbird, which will
> be released in summer 2020 (likely version 78).
>
> We are happy that Patrick Brunschwig, who has been developing and
> maintaining the Enigmail Add-on for many years, has offered to assist
> the Thunderbird development team.
>
> Many details need to be considered for this initiative.
>
> Please have a look at the following article which describes the approach
> we'd like to take:
>   https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:OpenPGP:2020
>
> If you have feedback, please post it to this list.
>
> This feature was originally requested in
>   https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=22687
>
> Kai
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