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A modern library and standard for "good enough" encryption, designed with embedded devices and hardware-constrained environments in mind.
Although the interface is rather different (I'd like to think: streamlined), the standard and the reference implementation are designed to operate and "feel" much like GnuPG, and can, in theory, be used for many of the same tasks. One notable non-goal is keyring management, however; anyone is welcome to implement their own key store on top of this suite, but the standard explicitly does not address the details.
SKI is, at this point, untested software, and you probably should not depend on it in production, because:
- Though the algorithms are tested, this implementation of them is not audited; and
- They are subject to change at any time as of right now.
Nonetheless, you are welcome to try this software, use it, and develop it as you will.
As more of a proof of concept than anything, this release comes with the bash
ki, which can be used for keyring management in a practical setting,
and which can create "certificates" (signed bindings of a public key and
identity) as well as "boxes" (cryptographic data, possibly signed, possibly
encrypted, sent from one ID to another).
There is no install method at the moment, but you can copy it into a directory
in your $PATH if you would like. Common choices are a personal
bin dir or
/usr/local/bin (for systemwide access).
ki is by-and-large untested and has absolutely no standardization in its
export formats--for example, it lacks revocation certificates or expiration.
Nonetheless, it is provided for responsible use and testing.
Also included is
ki.py, a nearly-identical reference implementation for
Python--which uses interoperable database and interchange formats. This script
is appropriate for, e.g., our friends on macOS, whose shipped
getopt are too old to support
ki properly. It requires at least Python 3.6
due to f-strings, but it wouldn't be hard to port to older Python.
The current best source of information on the exact specification is a short presentation I delivered at a college, which covers all of the algorithms, the underlying standard, and the rationale for design decisions.
The source code here is available under the Creative Commons CC0
license--effectively, public domain. See
COPYING for details.
Nonetheless, I remain receptive to issues, requests, and comments published against the official repository.