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h1. Blowfish Encryption


h2. Introduction

Blowfish is a keyed, symmetric block cipher, designed in 1993 by Bruce Schneier and included in a large number of cipher suites and encryption products. Blowfish provides a good encryption rate in software and no effective cryptanalysis of it has been found to date. However, the Advanced Encryption Standard now receives more attention. Schneier designed Blowfish as a general-purpose algorithm, intended as a replacement for the aging DES and free of the problems and constraints associated with other algorithms. At the time Blowfish was released, many other designs were proprietary, encumbered by patents or were commercial/government secrets. Schneier has stated that, "Blowfish is unpatented, and will remain so in all countries. The algorithm is hereby placed in the public domain, and can be freely used by anyone."[1]

h3. IRC Profit

Blowfish can be used in IRC to encrypt messages between 2 persons in a query or messages in a channel and the topic too.

h3. Examples

* In XChat[2], Irssi[3] and mIRC[4] Blowfish support can be enabled with the FiSH plugin[5].
* Konversation[6] has a built in Blowfish support

h2. Implementation

h3. Related Issues

* #689 Blowfish Support (in development)
* -#61- Encrypted query (closed, will not implemented)

h3. Repository

The current development state can be found at

> *Get the source*
<pre><code>git clone git://</code></pre>

h3. Discussion

There are two possible ways to implement Blowfish support in Quassel architecture:

a) Client side de- and encryption


b) Core side de- and encryption


h2. References