[openssl-project] To use or not use the iconv API, and to use or not use other libraries

Salz, Rich rsalz at akamai.com
Mon Jun 11 15:25:23 UTC 2018

>    *must* do when getting '-pass8bit' is to do a naïve UTF-8 encode of
    the input pass phrase string.  PKCS12_generate_mac() will then decode
I disagree.

There are two reasons why users enter "illegal" passwords now, and by now requiring them to make it explicit we can (a) check only for ASCII on current inputs; (b) make them thing about what they're doing and require them to specify; (c) set the expectation that something will change in the future.

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