Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jun 2011 22:23 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Internet & Networking "One researcher has decided he wants to make Skype open source by reverse engineering the protocol the service uses. In fact, he claims to have already achieved that reverse engineering feat on a new skype-open-source blog. The source code has been posted for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x of Skype as well as details of the rc4 layer arithmetic encoding the service uses."
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I see at least two advantages:
1) By knowing Skype algorithm, it is possible to assess how secure is its protocol.
2) Skype binaries available on Linux means available on Linux for i386 CPUs, mostly. Having a functionally equivalent source code it would make possible to have Skype on (potentially) all architectures that are used with microcontrollers and various portable devices.

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