[Users] [Bug 3632] Parse PGP/MIME headers emitted by GPGMail + Exchange

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Sun May 15 19:18:08 CEST 2016


--- Comment #2 from Michael Gmelin <freebsd at grem.de> ---
(In reply to comment #1)
> What you describe is against the relevant RFCs (2015, 3156, sections 4 and 5
> in each). I do not think we should encourage this.
> I know that the common advice is "be strict with what you send, be accepting
> with what you receive", but I feel that is for situations where there are
> ambiguities in the standard. This is a pretty clear-cut violation of the
> RFCs.

I agree that we shouldn't encourage this, but unfortunately other clients like
Mail.app and Thunderbird can open, decrypt and verify those e-mails without any
issues. Mutt might as well, didn't test it myself. So there is little incentive
for anyone to correct the source of the problem.

I prefer to encourage people to use encryption over trying to persuade
commercial vendors into fixing their various RFC violations.

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