[OTR-users] otr reliable, in-order messages

Ian Goldberg ian at cypherpunks.ca
Mon Aug 4 15:25:37 EDT 2008

On Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 10:06:16PM +0200, Dan Levin wrote:
> Hi fellow OTR users/devs,
> Are there any plans to explore or implement guaranteed reliable, in- 
> order message delivery in OTR? This would be a very valuable feature  
> both from a security and reliability standpoint. If anyone knows of  
> any work already done in this area, please let me know, otherwise any  
> thoughts or comments would be welcome.

OTR leaves that up to the underlying IM network.  OTR assumes the
network already provides in-order delivery (doing IM when messages can
get reordered seems like something no IM provider would allow), but
allows for messages to be dropped (one party goes offline, messages are
dropped, etc.).

I don't think guaranteed delivery is even something we *want*, since if
your buddy is offline, that would imply there's a long-lived decryption
key somewhere, and that's defninitely undesirable.

   - Ian

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