Subkey revocation signature

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Feb 4 16:32:39 CET 2014

On Feb 4, 2014, at 6:53 AM, Thomas Oberndörfer <info at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm trying to verify subkey revocation signatures created with GPG.
> RFC4880 says:
> "Key revocation signatures (types 0x20 and 0x28) hash only the key
> being revoked"
> But when I compute the hash data only with the subkey packet the
> verification fails.
> I then tried to hash primary and subkey packet together and the
> verification succeeded.
> So it looks like GPG is calculating subkey revocation signature
> (type 0x28) in the same way as the binding signature (type 0x18).
> Is this correct? And if yes is this not a deviation from RFC4880?
> I'm currently implementing this verification in OpenPGP.js and
> not sure how to handle this case.

This is correct - a subkey revocation hashes both the primary and subkeys, similar to a binding signature.  The language in 4880 was in error, and an errata was filed for it:


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