Default encryption key algo
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Mon May 11 19:16:43 CEST 2009
On May 11, 2009, at 12:48 PM, Werner Koch wrote:
> from all responses we gathered regarding the change of the default
> algorithm for new keys (on several lists) it should be pretty clear
> RSA is a good choice.
> The next question is whether to use Elgamal or RSA as the standard
> encryption subkey for a new key. Currently it is Elgamal. They are
> both okay: Elgamal needs to be supported anyway becuase it is a MUST
> algorithm in OpenPGP and RSA can be used because the primary key
> will be
> RSA and an implementation without RSA support won't be able to use an
> Elgamal subkey either.
> I have a slight preference towards RSA because that allows to transfer
> the key to a smartcard. Given that subkeys are easily changeable it
> not a real advantage, though.
> Any opinions? What is PGP's default?
PGP's default is RSA. They don't really mix key types very much in
the UI. They either do DSA/Elgamal or RSA/RSA.
The smartcard is a good reason to choose RSA, I'd say. (Speaking of
which, do you know when the new cards will be available?)
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