Paperkey for Revocation Certificates? (Feature-Request :-)
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Mon Oct 6 04:02:35 CEST 2008
On Oct 5, 2008, at 8:11 PM, Faramir wrote:
>> * The file format is now included as part of the base16 output, as
>> there is no guarantee that this program will be on-hand when a
>> reconstruction is necessary. The format can also be displayed
>> via the --file-format command. Suggested by Brendan Kidwell.
> So... the key can be reconstructed without using paperkey? How could
> it be done?
You could theoretically reconstruct the key using any reasonable
editor that works on binary files. Paperkey just does the work for
you. Brendan pointed out, rather reasonably, that after a key is
archived on paper for a long time, there may not be a copy of paperkey
handy to restore it. Thus, paperkey prints out the file format (as a
human-readable comment) before the actual secret key data. It's just
there in case someone needs it someday.
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