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Encrypt a file in Unix shell, email through mailx, and detatched from Outlook with key.

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I have a script that emails a file through a Unix Kornshell script. This file needs to be encrypted where the user needs a password to read, after detatching through Outlook. I currently use uuencode but all users can still read the file. How do I encrypt through ksh and then give this code to a user? This must be automated with no user intervention for the encryption.
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by:NickUpson
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gzip the file as the first step, specifying a password
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by:rayskelton
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I am unaware of being able to encrypt a file with gzip.
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by:NickUpson
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http://www.info-zip.org/

its zip not gzip, which uses pgp encryption
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by:rayskelton
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I was looking at pgp, although is not installed on our machines and will need to go through much red tape to install.
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or there is this, the encrypt command.

http://www.cs.sunysb.edu/facilities/FAQ/MiscEncryptFile.html

I don't know if outlook can handle it
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by:rayskelton
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Thanks for all
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by:Tintin
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I don't know how the 'crypt' command can be any help as Outlook or Windows certainly won't recognise it.  ZIP with a password would be the easiest and most reliable method.
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by:rayskelton
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Your correct, my task is to encrypt on Unix and read through Outlook. I passed this issue to our corporate security deptartment and am letting them come up with a viable solution. Thanks for your response.
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by:Tintin
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Can you please explain why you think the ZIP solution is not appropriate?  It will do everything that you've described.
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