Why CAs or public keysigning?

David Shaw dshaw@jabberwocky.com
Fri Jun 20 21:00:02 2003

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On Fri, Jun 20, 2003 at 02:28:37PM -0400, CL Gilbert wrote:

> |>It seems to me the only meaningful option is 3.  Any other option is
> |>rather silly.  Why even sign the key if your choice is not 3?
> |
> | That is, of course, your choice.  The idea of sig levels is to allow a
> | signer to express the difference between (for example), checking a
> | passport, and checking a passport plus verifying the email address.
> | They are both "checking", but one is certainly more casual than the
> | other.
> |
> | If you always check in the same single way, and will not sign unless
> | that exact requirement is met, then signature levels don't help you
> | much.
> |
> | When I sign, for example, I check a photo ID and send an email address
> | challenge.  If that is met, I give a level 2.  If I know the person
> | personally, I'll give a level 3.  It's completely subjective, and my
> | level 2 is likely to be different than someone elses level 2.

> I can think of no good reason to sign someones key that I do not know
> personally or professionally.  The number does not seem relevant.

As I said, then, in your case signature levels don't help you much.

> Anything less than absolute security is absolute insecurity.

Not at all true.

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