openPGP vs x509

John Clizbe JPClizbe at
Tue Apr 13 19:59:33 CEST 2004

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Per Tunedal Casual wrote:

> At 20:34 2004-04-07, Werner Koch wrote:
>  >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.
> OT? I have been looking for tools to make self-signed X.509 but haven't
> found any. Do you have any hints? Links?
> Rational: some people refuse using PGP-encryption/signing.
> Per Tunedal

Why not just obtain a free cert from Thawte or CA Cert?

That would certainly be less work than creating your own CA for a
self-signed X.509 cert.

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