OpenPGP data in the CERT RR
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Tue Aug 6 07:00:02 CEST 2002
On Tue, Aug 06, 2002 at 02:25:03AM +0200, Simon Josefsson wrote:
> Simon Josefsson <jas at extundo.com> writes:
> >> I think that this should be the key fingerprint, and then you can
> >> CNAME as many other names to this one canonical name as you like:
> >> 0x7D92FD313AB6F3734CC59CA1DB698D7199242560.dnskeys.example.org. IN CERT PGP 0 0 <OpenPGP binary>
> >> email address:
> >> dshaw.jabberwocky.com. IN CNAME 0x7D92FD313AB6F3734CC59CA1DB698D7199242560.dnskeys.example.org.
> >> 4 byte keyid:
> >> 0x99242560.whatever.com. IN CNAME 0x7D92FD313AB6F3734CC59CA1DB698D7199242560.dnskeys.example.org.
> >> 8 byte keyid:
> >> 0x1DB698D7199242560.whatever.com. IN CNAME 0x7D92FD313AB6F3734CC59CA1DB698D7199242560.dnskeys.example.org.
> >> etc.
> >> This should work for either self-published or keyserver sort of
> >> access.
> > Yup. Are there cases (worth writing specifications for) where you
> > only have a 4 or 8 byte key id? I would prefer to not add even more
> > flexibility in the owner name guidelines if possible, as flexibility
> > might mean wasted round trips querying for stuff that isn't there.
> > Thanks for your comments.
> Trying to be bit more clear: Changing the document to use the full
> fingerprint all of the time is what I (now) think is the best idea.
> Supporting 4 and 8 byte keyId's too seems like unnecessary work unless
> it is really needed.
The full fingerprint is generally useful since it is the most specific
way to specify a key. 8 byte keyids are useful since that is what
OpenPGP uses inside packets - for example, when verifying a signature,
the program knows the 8 byte keyid of the signer and can use it to
fetch the key. 4 byte keyids are useful since that's what human
I really think they all need to be supported. I don't think it will
lead to particularly large packets since they are CNAMEs in the same
zone as the full fingerprint name and so it would still be one round
trip for the request (since the server can return the pointed-to
result in the "additional" section). Also, the regular DNS
compression applies and it should do very well since they are in the
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