Revoke a key - What is with the decrypted messages?
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Fri Nov 23 22:09:02 CET 2007
> On Fri, 23 Nov 2007, David Shaw wrote:
> . . .
> > . . . Revoking the key only
> > stops new use of the key - old messages are still okay.
On Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 03:14:29PM -0500, reynt0 wrote:
> Just a maybe picky question:
> Does "stops new use" mean absolutely, like mechanical
> prevention, stops new use, or does it mean something like
> "stops by a social process", ie like knowledgeable users
> won't use it anymore?
Both, really. It's a social process in that a revocation just adds a
note to a key that says "don't use this". It's mechanical in the
sense that all OpenPGP software respects this flag, so the user
doesn't get consulted about it.
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