Gnupg and X509 certificates

Frank Tobin
Wed Apr 4 18:37:06 2001

Paolo Casagranda, at 17:04 +0200 on Wed, 4 Apr 2001, wrote:

    2) Why in GPG X509 certificates were completely ignored (More
    theoretical question, but important for me to understand)?

GnuPG, first and foremost, is an implementation of the OpenPGP standard
(RFC 2440), which is a competing infrastructure, different from X509.

They are both public-key cryptosystems, but how the public keys are
actually handled is different in the two systems.

Frank Tobin