Fingerprint algorithm and SHA-1 usage

Nicholas Cole nicholas.cole at
Sat Dec 22 13:39:43 CET 2012

On Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM, Nicholas Cole <nicholas.cole at> wrote:

> As far as I can see, and based solely on listening to experts on this
> list, there is no pressing technical reason to change - but for PR
> reasons, I think I would be happier if some sensible new fingerprint
> were agreed.
> But I do NOT favour a solution that will burden users with having to
> check needlessly[*] long fingerprints, or carry around barcode
> scanners and the like!
> Best wishes,
> N.
> [*] for real-world, non-paranoid, "pretty good" privacy.

Just writing the above made me wonder, though.  Perhaps we could
tolerate longer fingerprints if they were presented in (eg.) Base 32
rather than in Hex.  Perhaps any new proposal should consider that.


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