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Messages are encrypted before sending, and are decrypted before displaying them to the user. So, again, the evil MIM (man in the middle) cannot peep in to find out what you are talking about.

i just want to point out some important details

neither mircryption, fish, nor otr are safe from a man in the middle (MITM) attack.
same holds true for pgp, and therefor gnupg.
the wikipedia article mentions OTR as a counter measure against mitm, this is not true

this is not a problem with the encryption itself, but with the way keys are exchanged / agreed upon.

fish and mircryption use (can use) DH1080 (which is straight forward diffie-hellman key agreement) to exchange secrets.

to work around mitm attacks one has to establish a truly secure channel to exchange secrets, or part of a secret.
for instance, meet in person and exchange keys in a safe/secure environment.

to make it more difficult for eavesdroppers one can use multiple weak security channels to transmit parts of the secret
with the intend of making the exchange happen in so many places at once, that it's too complicated to wiretap all channels.

anyways, nice article housetier!
and to everyone: protect your privacy!

General Software Discussion / Re: Is it time to move beyond Cygwin/X?
« on: December 11, 2007, 07:34 AM »
if you just want to use the box as if you were sitting in front of it
you can always use VNC

back when i was still using windows as my main operating system i also used xwin32 which did the job for the most part (some 4 years ago)

Living Room / Re: Better run like Hell!!! I AM BACK!!!!
« on: December 11, 2007, 06:06 AM »
yikes, that sounds nasty
glad you're back!
get well!

very nice mouser & least once I replaced all the @'s with -'s. It was taking up 2 lines here.

The beauty of scripts, easy to modify :-)
That's one of the reasons I chose Perl script over C plugin for implementation

An XChat port of the script can be found here:

Works for Linux/Unix, Mac, Windows if you have XChat with Perl scripting support

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