What is the p≡p Engine?
The p≡p Engine is a Free Software library encapsulating implementations of:
The p≡p Engine automatically manages keys using a pluggable crypto backend. The currently implemented backend is based on Sequoia PGP, and uses OpenPGP-format keys.
p≡p for Email is interoperable with OpenPGP.
The p≡p Engine sports a two phase trust rating system for messages: In phase one a rating is derived based on channel, crypto and key security. This is named "comm_types". In phase two these ratings are mapped to user-representable values mimicking the semantics of a traffic light.
Abstract Crypto API
The Abstract Crypto API provides functions to encrypt and decrypt data or full messages, without requiring an application programmer to understand the different applied formats and standards.
The p≡p Engine will sport a growing list of message transports, to support any widespread text-based messaging system such as E-Mail, SMS, XMPP and many more.
The p≡p Engine is written in C17 and is expected to run on any platform that conforms to the SUS/POSIX specification. Selected non-SUS platforms are supported as well (such as Microsoft Windows).
How can I use the p≡p Engine?
The official build instructions can be found at the URL https://dev.pep.foundation/Adapter/Adapter%20Build%20Instructions_Version_3.x_DRAFT The p≡p Engine is not meant to be used in application code directly. Instead, the p≡p Engine is meant to be used in conjunction with a so-called "adapter". An adapter provides an API in a programming language that best accomodates developers in their respective software development ecosystem. So, for example, a Java Native Interface adapter exists for development of apps for the Android mobile operating system, or a .NET adapter exists for development of applications on Microsoft Windows. Various adapters are also available at the link provided for the p≡p Engine's code above.
What is the current state of the project?
The p≡p Engine is production-ready. It is under active development by several full-time employees of the p≡p foundation and its partner organizations. The most recent version of the source code can be obtained here: https://gitea.pep.foundation/pEp.foundation/. This is the only offical way to obtain a copy of the source code.
I would like to contribute to the p≡p Engine or a related project, where do I start?
First of all, excellent! You can find further information here: https://contribution.pep.foundation/
The p≡p Engine is Copyright 2015-2023 by p≡p foundation, Switzerland. The source code of the p≡p Engine is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3. Accompanying documentation is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) License. Each file includes a notice near its beginning, that indicates the applicable license. If you wish to license the p≡p Engine under different terms, please contact mailto:email@example.com.
src/pEp_rmd160.c is adapted from LibTomCrypt by Tom St Denis and contributors, which was released by its authors into the public domain.
The p≡p foundation and the developers of the p≡p Engine can be reached as detailed here: https://pep.foundation/contact-us/index.html.