Signing your own key

Brian Minton
Thu May 10 23:01:02 2001

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On Thu, May 10, 2001 at 05:09:13AM +0000, Subba Rao wrote:

> Some of the keys used by several folks for their email, the email client (Mutt)
> says something like "key is good but it is not signed". What is the purpose
> of signing a key? If I were to sign the key, is it applied to the public as well
> as the private key?
signing your public key with itself shows anyone who got the key that nobody has added userids that are not really you. When you sign your key, it signs all of the userids, so anyone who looks at it can tell that those are all really you. - -- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ / PGP key id 0x24B44202 _ _ my favorite OS! / | | <_>._ _ _ _ __ / What are you waiting for, | |_ | || ' || | |\ \/ / try Jesus today!!! |___||_||_|_|`___|/\_\ "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" --Daniel 12:4 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.0.4 (FreeBSD) Comment: For info see iD8DBQE6+wErp0PPDCS0QgIRAtjhAJ9reTXVPMSB0OCKBM8hINzhmzeHawCeOXKx ZtsOcYGiQPof0FExbw/h028= =mgye -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----