This is intended to decrease the chance of people ending up with a bunch
of plaintext drafts of encrypted messages without knowing it.

The check is intentionally overcautious; I think the false positive of
misplaced #secure tag is probably OK here.

This is somewhat RFC. The regex needs to be double checked, and the
variable name is not ideal. However it does solve reduce a worry I
have about this code saving drafts of sensitive messages in plaintext
that are effectively invisible because they are tagged deleted.

 emacs/notmuch-message.el | 25 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 25 insertions(+)

diff --git a/emacs/notmuch-message.el b/emacs/notmuch-message.el
index a503296..a2b079d 100644
--- a/emacs/notmuch-message.el
+++ b/emacs/notmuch-message.el
@@ -80,6 +80,12 @@ postponing and resuming a message."
   :type '(repeat string)
   :group 'notmuch-send)
+(defcustom notmuch-message-warn-encryption t
+  "Warn if the user postpones or saves a message with an mml encryption tag in 
+  :type 'boolean
+  :group 'notmuch-send
+  :group 'notmuch-crypto)
 (defvar notmuch-message-draft-id nil
   "Message-id of the most recent saved draft of this message")
 (make-variable-buffer-local 'notmuch-message-draft-id)
@@ -140,6 +146,22 @@ Used when a new version is saved, or the message is sent."
       (when secure-tag
        (insert secure-tag "\n")))))
+(defun notmuch-message-check-encryption ()
+  "Query user if there an mml tag that looks like it might indicate encryption.
+Returns t if there is no such tag, or the user confirms they mean
+  (save-excursion
+    (message-goto-body)
+      (or
+       ;; We fine if there is no secure tag, and no #part encryption
+       (not (re-search-forward "<#\\(part 
encrypt\\|secure.*mode=.*encrypt>\\)" nil 't))
+       ;; The user confirms they means it.
+       (yes-or-no-p "\
+This message contains mml tags that suggest it is intended to be encrypted.
+Really save and index an unencrypted copy?
+(Customize `notmuch-message-warn-encrypted' to avoid this warning)"))))
 (defun notmuch-message-save-draft ()
   "Save the current draft message in the notmuch database.
@@ -147,6 +169,9 @@ This saves the current message in the database with tags
 `notmuch-message-draft-tags` (in addition to any default tags
 applied to newly inserted messages)."
+  (when (and notmuch-message-warn-encryption
+            (not (notmuch-message-check-encryption))
+            (error "Save aborted")))
   (let (;; We need the message id as we need it for tagging. Note
        ;; message-make-message-id gives the id inside a "<" ">" pair,
        ;; but notmuch doesn't want that form, so remove them.

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