Bug 1012269 - bouncycastle: implements elliptic curve cryptography
bouncycastle: implements elliptic curve cryptography
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: bouncycastle (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Mat Booth
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Depends On: 319901
Blocks: FE-Legal
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Reported: 2013-09-26 03:19 EDT by Mikolaj Izdebski
Modified: 2014-06-25 10:23 EDT (History)
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Description Mikolaj Izdebski 2013-09-26 03:19:54 EDT
Description of problem:
bouncycastle implements elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), which is patented and therefore not allowed to be included in Fedora.

See bug #319901 for detailed discussion about ECC in OpenSSL package.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
1.46-10

Steps to Reproduce:
1. unpack package sources
2. grep -i -r elliptic
Comment 1 Mat Booth 2013-09-26 08:56:08 EDT
For me, this really depends on two things:

a) The resolution of bug #319901 -- I'm not about to do any work on this that may be rendered unnecessary (I am a volunteer)

b) Whether bouncycastle actually implements the same allegedly patented algorithms as openssl (I don't think a cursory grep confirms this)
Comment 2 gil cattaneo 2013-09-26 11:00:12 EDT
(In reply to Mat Booth from comment #1)
> For me, this really depends on two things:
> 
> a) The resolution of bug #319901 -- I'm not about to do any work on this
> that may be rendered unnecessary (I am a volunteer)
> 
> b) Whether bouncycastle actually implements the same allegedly patented
> algorithms as openssl (I don't think a cursory grep confirms this)

+1
regards
Comment 3 Mikolaj Izdebski 2013-09-27 02:32:29 EDT
(In reply to Mat Booth from comment #1)
> For me, this really depends on two things:
> 
> a) The resolution of bug #319901 -- I'm not about to do any work on this
> that may be rendered unnecessary (I am a volunteer)
> 
> b) Whether bouncycastle actually implements the same allegedly patented
> algorithms as openssl (I don't think a cursory grep confirms this)

No argument here.  I just thought that it would be nice to track it and that as a new maintainer of bouncycastle you might be not aware of this issue.
Comment 4 Mat Booth 2013-09-27 02:53:43 EDT
Fair enough, thanks for raising the ticket.
Comment 5 Scott Schmit 2013-10-15 06:36:20 EDT
This may now be a non-issue. See bug #319901. CC'ing Tom.
Comment 6 Tom "spot" Callaway 2014-06-25 10:23:04 EDT
After review, I'm pretty sure this is a non-issue. Closing.

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