Default encryption key algo

John W. Moore III jmoore3rd at
Mon May 11 23:55:18 CEST 2009

Werner Koch wrote:

> 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 is
> not a real advantage, though.
> Any opinions?  What is PGP's default?

Having no clue as to PGP's current 'default' I can only express My
Personal Opinion.  That is that I feel that Elgamal, bit for bit, is
'stronger' but I cannot expressly defend that at present.  :-\

JOHN 8-)
Timestamp: Monday 11 May 2009, 17:54  --400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

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