[Sks-devel] Re: Key strangeness

David Shaw dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Sun Feb 8 15:00:14 CET 2004

On Sun, Feb 08, 2004 at 02:10:01PM -0500, Yaron Minsky wrote:
> Ah, that explains why I couldn't find it.  Does this problem come up with
> PKS, or is it SKS specific?  Is one possibility here that the lead packet
> is malformed, and as a result some difference in implementation of rfc2440
> results in differently evaluated keyids?  i.e., maybe SKS things that this
> key really does have keyid 3A546EC2, and GPG thinks it has a different
> one, basically because the key packet is malformed.

My guess is the same, but there are some other factors that are very

1) The problem is not SKS specific, and pgp.mit.edu (a pks
   installation) shows the same thing.

2) Downloading the "bad" key, and then re-submitting it to the
   keyserver results in the correct record - i.e. the keyserver is
   able to parse the key properly the second time around.

I'm vaguely wondering if the key was slightly corrupt - say, a badly
formatted MPI - and when the keyserver received it, it
re-canonicalized the MPI to make it correct, but still indexed it
under the bad key ID.  Could SKS do such a thing?


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