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I'm looking into implementing a private SILC server for friends (and possibly their friends).

And after visiting the Wikipedia entry for SILC protocol, it seems all the official pages linked at the bottom are dead with only a few anon servers here and there.

Is it still being used nowadays? And if it is ... where(online) are more resources (howto's and/or daemon software)?

And if it isn't used anymore... are there any security reasons involved?

Is the security model or the used cryptographic protocols and algorithms flawed thanks to exploit XYZ?

A complementary question would be: are there any more current alternatives available now?

another complimentary question would be:are there any public and/or anon servers still online ?

and ..does it use much system ressources on a server let's say for 50 concurrent users ? (this is just a complimentary question if you feel you can answer :)

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closed as too broad by e-sushi, archie, DrLecter, cygnusv, Henrick Hellström Feb 17 '15 at 12:14

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incidently.. since it is my first question here.. is it a question i should be asking here ? :) – marc-andre benoit Mar 6 '12 at 2:17
Welcome to Cryptography Stack Exchange. I edited your question to look a bit better. I think it is a bit near the borderline of on-topicness, but still on our side. – Paŭlo Ebermann Mar 6 '12 at 18:47
nice to hear that ! – marc-andre benoit Mar 7 '12 at 7:19

Yes, SILC is still used daily by a few of us die hards. :-)

I, too, noticed the other day that the official source repos are dead. Perhaps we can get them up on Github or other hosting site.

I haven't heard of any flaws discovered in the protocol itself, but I haven't heard of anyone reviewing it lately either.

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but i remember reading a while ago.. that the current version wasn't implementing opengpg (among others) in its current implementation.. although the protocol design permits it.. – marc-andre benoit Mar 7 '12 at 7:21
in the current context (i'm in canada) of new internet legislation ..which (might)remove some amount of privacy.. i have a feeling that more and more people will be interested by one such protocol in the near future :) so.. a github would be a welcome addition.. – marc-andre benoit Mar 7 '12 at 7:28
Probably mpOTR would be a better choice for new usage. – Marsh Ray Mar 21 '12 at 0:21

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