Importance of creation date in keysigning

David Shaw
Thu Jul 10 18:54:03 2003

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On Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 06:34:02PM +0200, J=FCrgen A.Erhard wrote:
> Is the date of a key's creation in any way important when signing a key?
> I've googled, and found only keysigning how-tos that didn't mention the
> key's creation date.
> I'm asking because I'm unsure whether to put my key's date on my
> business card (which will be mainly used for key signing purposes, and
> I need it for the upcoming LinuxTag).

It is not important.  The date is incorporated into the fingerprint
and so the fingerprint covers everything you need.

However: for old PGP 2.x keys, you need to give the key size as well
as the fingerprint due to a minor flaw in the PGP 2.x key format.


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