openPGP vs x509

Werner Koch wk at
Wed Apr 7 20:34:14 CEST 2004

On Wed, 7 Apr 2004 14:14:24 +0200, Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder said:

> Serious users can then install PGP keys of servers they trust. I fail to 
> see the difference here between operation with X509 certificates, or 
> operation with PGP keys.

For a casual user it is far easier to create a PGP key than an X.509
key/certificate.  You can instantly do this with OpenPGP tools (ssh is
similar) whereas you have to go into lengthy discussions with OpenSSL
to create even just a self-signed certificate containing a usable
email attribute.


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