Importance of time in pgp algorithms
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Tue Jan 27 18:26:42 CET 2004
On Tue, Jan 27, 2004 at 05:13:14PM -0500, Nicholas Paul Johnson wrote:
> I've two questions.
> 1.) I have a laptop that does not keep good time. Will the clock skew
> affect GPG adversely while encrypting or decrypting emails?
It depends. How much skew are we talking about here? If you skew
enough that the clock reads a time before your key was created or
something dramatic like that, you could get some errors. See the
--ignore-time-conflict option if your clock is that bad.
> 2.) I also use a desktop. Is it secure for me to simply duplicate my
> ~/.gnupg directories on each machine (assuming that I copy the files in a
> secure way), or should I create a different key-pair for the desktop
It is secure. As to whether you do it, it's your choice. Some people
like two different keys in that situation. Some people use the same
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