Global Directory signatures

Greg Sabino Mullane greg at
Fri Dec 31 08:18:53 CET 2004

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I've been working on this problem for a while, and finally had a
chance during this past break to hash out some final issues. I'm
going to be expanding biglumber soon into a "real" keyserver.
However, it's going to be a little different from other keyservers.
The main difference is that the owner of a key will have complete
control of their public key. This means that (for example)
- --recv-key will work, but --send-keys may* not. If you want to make
a change to your public key, you must authenticate (currently via
web/email, but either alone someday). In addition, the keyserver will
only have entries from people who are either in the strong set or who
have added their key to biglumber directly. I consider the fact that
anyone can upload another person's changed public key to a keyserver
a potential Denial of Service, and thus will not allow it.
* Keys in the strong set will be allowed to be updated "anonymously"
until such time as the owner logs in to biglumber, at which point it
switches over to a "owner update only" key.
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Greg Sabino Mullane greg at
PGP Key: 0x14964AC8 200412310202

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