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Where's the crypto?
by Kevin "kj" Woolley

Kevin "kj" Woolley, January 30, 2006

Anyone who has tried to find a cryptographic module on PPM has found that we don't carry any of them -- not Net::SSH, not Crypt::AES, not even Crypt::DES. Why not? The answer is that the government requires companies to get...

Anyone who has tried to find a cryptographic module on PPM has found that we don't carry any of them -- not Net::SSH, not Crypt::AES, not even Crypt::DES.  Why not?

The answer is that the government requires companies to get clearance to distribute cryptographic software, and we do not currently have that clearance.  As you can imagine, it is a long, drawn-out process, and it's loopy enough that I can't say for sure where we're at in it.  It is on the way though, as I understand it.

In the meantime, there is a handy site called theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca that has PPM packages available for ActivePerl 5.8 and 5.6.  There is even a specific FAQ for adding the repositories to your PPM configuration.

The administrator of that site is a great guy, and quite active in the community.  Check it out.

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kj is ActiveState’s Systems Administrator. He was born in London, Ontario, grew up in North Vancouver, and spent several years in the Northwest Territories doing technical sales. As a technical infrastructure specialist, he brings over twenty years of systems administration experience to ActiveState.