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@@ -6,7 +6,15 @@
FiSHLiM is a HexChat plugin for FiSH IRC encryption. It's my attempt at making
-a simple, lightweight and secure plugin for this encryption protocol.
+a simple and lightweight plugin for this encryption protocol.
+!! WARNING: FiSH encryption is not secure. See the security section below. !!
+NOTE: A modified version of FiSHLiM is now bundled with HexChat. If you
+use HexChat you should generally not install this plugin (and if you do
+you need to remove the bundled version of FiSHLiM).
For installation instructions, see the INSTALL file.
@@ -28,6 +36,9 @@ Not working:
* Topic encryption
* Remote exploitation (hopefully!)
* Plaintext content that contain +OK is decrypted twice
+ * Very long messages (more than ~200 characters)
+ * encryption of /me messages
+ * Message authentication
@@ -66,3 +77,15 @@ Commands
Deletes the given nick or channel from the configuration file.
+Security warning
+FiSH encrypts your messages in ECB mode (in other words, in independent
+blocks). If the same block appears two times it will be encrypted the
+same way both times.
+So, never give untrusted people unencrypted chat logs if they also have
+the encrypted version! Then they can decrypt the messages if they appear
+again. Also, it's possible to make statistical attacks or replay
+attacks. The CBC mode is somewhat better, but does not use a HMAC and no
+timestamp/nonce, so it is still not secure against message manipulation
+or replay attacks.