Update keys.gnupg.net? Re: [Announce] GnuPG 2.2.29 (LTS) released
kloecker at kde.org
Wed Jul 14 09:47:35 CEST 2021
On Dienstag, 13. Juli 2021 22:09:25 CEST Phil Pennock wrote:
> On 2021-07-13 at 18:26 +0200, Ingo Klöcker wrote:
> > On Dienstag, 13. Juli 2021 10:15:17 CEST Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> > > Does it make sense to change the list of servers behind
> > > keys.gnupg.net as well?
> > >
> > > https://www.gnupg.org/documentation/manuals/gnupg/GPG-Configuration-Opti
> > > ons. html "The keyserver hkp://keys.gnupg.net uses round robin DNS to
> > > give a different keyserver each time you use it."
> > This needs to be updated. DNS isn't used anymore. See comment in code:
> > https://dev.gnupg.org/source/gnupg/browse/STABLE-BRANCH-2-2/dirmngr/server
> > .c$2127
> GnuPG has many released versions, which various distributions are using,
> which will still be using the public hostname.
> Updating what the DNS points at will benefit many people just using the
> defaults, with their old distribution. Not updating is not likely to
> encourage them to update, it will just reinforce the perception that PGP
> is broken and a different ecosystem should be used.
Well, `dig keys.gnupg.net`, `nslookup keys.gnupg.net`, and `ping
keys.gnupg.net` all agree that there is no DNS entry for keys.gnupg.net.
Consequently, *updating* what the DNS points at makes no sense because there
is nothing to update.
Of course, you could argue that the DNS pointers should be re-established to
support those old distributions. But then again, nobody seems to have noticed
that keys.gnupg.net is gone since I don't know when.
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