Feature request: --creation-date option

Christian Danner gnupg-devel_list at danner-net.de
Sun Jan 28 20:12:45 CET 2007

Hello all,

on Sun, 28 Jan 2007 16:22:32 +0100, Werner Koch wrote:

>Would a option 
>@item --faked-system-time @var{epoch}
>@opindex faked-system-time
>This option is only useful for testing; it sets the system time back or
>forth to @var{epoch} which is the number of seconds elapsed since the year
>be sufficient?  We already have this for gpgsm. 

For my purpose already a uniform value would be great news as everyone
knows the timestamps aren't authentic. Others may have problems with
identical key creation and self-signature dates as they might indicate
that the holder either owns a supercomputer or deals with timestamp

But your description doesn't say whether the transferred value exactly
represents the resulting timestamps or is only used to calculate an
internal timestamp offset initially so that the seconds passed while
key creation still influence the timestamp of the signature. If the
latter applies the time interval between creation and signing would
allow to draw conclusions concerning the equipment that was used.

>OTOH, a way to set the timestamp for new (sub)keys has applications

Don't the users resp. frontend developers bear responsibility to suit
those data to their respective tasks?

Many thanks for your efforts.

Kind regards

OmniMix .. protect your privacy

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