[Glass] Current state of Cryptography?

Dale Henrichs dale.henrichs at gemtalksystems.com
Mon Sep 28 13:52:07 PDT 2020

The same two tests are failing for all of the tested versions of 
GemStone for GsDevKit/Cryptography and I think these two tests were 
failing 6 years ago as well ...


On 9/28/20 12:57 PM, Dale Henrichs wrote:
> The results of the travis-ci runs with the project updated to 
> smalltalkCi are here[1] for your viewing pleasure.
> Dale
> [1] https://travis-ci.org/github/GsDevKit/Cryptography
> On 9/28/20 12:45 PM, Dale Henrichs wrote:
>> Iwan,
>> It looks like GsDevKit/Cryptography has not been touched in 6 years 
>> ... about 4 months ago, I enabled the travis CRON jobs for the 
>> project, but the project had not been updated to use smalltalkCI, so 
>> the builds were failing from the get go ... I've been busy with other 
>> projects since then and figured I'd worry about  
>> GsDevKit/Cryptography if/when someone expressed interest in the 
>> project ...
>> It's easy enough for me to update the .travis.yml file to use 
>> SmalltalkCI at which point we can see the state of the current 
>> project relative to the more recent versions of GemStone, however, 
>> the code hasn't been touched in 6 years ...
>> I am not a cryptography person, so I cannot judge whether or not the 
>> code from 6 years ago (at least) is still relevant today.
>> The last time the pharo-contributions/Cryptography was touched was 
>> touched in July, so I would assume that this project is more 
>> up-to-date. The  pharo-contributions/Cryptography project was 
>> converted from Filetree to tonel format last July, so it isn't 
>> practical to add GemStone support to the project at the present time ...
>> It would be relatively easy to copy the code in the 
>> pharo-contributions/Cryptography to a branch on the 
>> GsDevKit/Cryptography project and convert back to Filetree form 
>> (using Rowan) ... of course the projects would have to be re-ported 
>> to GemStone.
>> I don't have the cycles to do any major porting work, but if there 
>> are folks that are interested in having the whole library or bits and 
>> pieces ported to GemStone, I can certainly help ...
>> I see that X509 is part of the Cryptography project and I believe 
>> that X509 is supported in 3.5.x.
>> At the end of the day, if there is something that is in the 
>> Cryptography project that you need and it is not present in GemStone, 
>> then the best route would certainly be to bring the library 
>> up-to-date and port it to GemStone ... getting the project under 
>> travis using smalltalkci, would mean that I would be willing and able 
>> to maintain the functionality of the library on subsequent moving 
>> forward as new versions of GemStone are released ...
>> So it is up to you and/or anyone else to put an oar in the water and 
>> determine which parts of the project are good as they are and/or do a 
>> wholesale fresh port of based on the pharo-contributions/Cryptography 
>> project.
>> I will convert the project to smalltalkCI and update the .travis.yml 
>> to include more recent versions of GemStone, so the state of the 
>> current library can be evaluated ...
>> Dale
>> On 9/28/20 6:18 AM, Iwan Vosloo via Glass wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have been googling a bit to try and figure out what the current 
>>> state of of cryptography is, but I am left lost....
>>> I see https://github.com/pharo-contributions/Cryptography which 
>>> seems alive and well, but it does not look like it supports 
>>> GemStone, or am I mistaken?
>>> https://github.com/GsDevKit/Cryptography looks like a GemStone port 
>>> for it, but I'm not sure whether that project is active.
>>> I've also seen people refer here and there to using the OS level 
>>> libraries, presumably via FFI.
>>> What is the recommended libs to use for this sort of thing in 
>>> Gemstone? (Or, even better - what can you use realiably in both 
>>> Gemstone and Pharo?)
>>> Regards
>>> Iwan
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