Pretty Curved Privacy (pcp1) is a commandline utility which can be used to encrypt files. pcp1 uses eliptc curve cryptography for encryption (CURVE25519 by Dan J. Bernstein). While CURVE25519 is no worldwide accepted standard it hasn't been compromised by the NSA - which might be better, depending on your point of view.
Caution: since CURVE25519 is no accepted standard, pcp1 has to be considered as experimental software. In fact, I wrote it just to learn about the curve and see how it works.
Beside some differences it works like GNUPG. So, if you already know how to use gpg, you'll feel almost home.
Lets say, Alicia and Bobby want to exchange encrypted messages. Here's what the've got to do.
First, both have create a secret key:
Alicia Bobby pcp1 -k pcp1 -k
After entering their name, email address and a passphrase to protect the key, it will be stored in their vault file (by default ~/.pcpvault).
Now, both of them have to export the public key, which has to be imported by the other one. With pcp you can export the public part of your primary key, but the better solution is to export a derived public key especially for the recipient:
Alicia Bobby pcp1 -p -r Bobby -O alicia.pub pcp1 -p -r Alicia -O bobby.pub
They've to exchange the public key somehow (which is not my problem at the moment, use ssh, encrypted mail, whatever
). Once exchanged, they have to import it:
Alicia Bobby pcp1 -P -I bobby.pub pcp1 -P -I alicia.pub
They will see a response as this when done:
key 0x29A323A2C295D391 added to .pcpvault.
Now, Alicia finally writes the secret message, encrypts it and sends it to Bobby, who in turn decrypts it:
Alicia Bobby echo "Love you, honey" > letter pcp1 -e -i 0x29A323A2C295D391 -I letter -O letter.z85 cat letter.z85 | mail email@example.com
pcp1 -d -I letter.z85 | less
And that's it.
Please note the big difference to GPG though: both Alicia AND Bobby have to enter the passphrase for their secret key! That's the way CURVE25519 works: you encrypt a message using your secret key and the recipients public key and the recipient does the opposite, he uses his secret key and your public key to actually decrypt the message.
Oh - and if you're wondering why I named them Alicia and Bobby: I was just sick of Alice and Bob. We're running NSA-free, so we're using other sample names as well.
There are currently no packages available, so pcp has to be compiled from source. Follow these steps:
First, you will need libsodium:
git clone git://github.com/jedisct1/libsodium.git cd libsodium ./autogen.sh ./configure && make check sudo make install sudo ldconfig cd ..
Next, pcp. You can fetch the latest GIT repository, but be aware, that it is a living source, there might be current changes underway, it might not be working:
git clone git://github.com/tlinden/pcp.git cd pcp ./configure sudo make install cd ..
I'd rather suggest to download the current release file:
Unpack the tarball and compile with:
./configure make sudo make install
Optionally, you might run the unit tests:
Please note that you'll need some perl modules installed in order to execute the unit tests: Config::General, Test::More and Tie::IxHash.
You may of course use PGP to verify the PGP signature as well: pretty-curved-privacy-0.2.0.tar.gz.gpg.
File checksums are:
MD5 ecddcd501b096076008615e166477a87 SHA256 b4623d5952293ef52e3d1be56edc57a3b1f34533b8c9689df14e0964a8a18185
To learn how to use pcp, read the manpage:
There's a HTML Version for online reading as well.
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