OT: Revoking Old Keys... my problem

Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder avbidder at fortytwo.ch
Mon May 3 09:20:36 CEST 2004

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On Saturday 01 May 2004 03.38, Bill Turner wrote:

> So far as a 'safe' place to keep the reovation certificate, which I
> have as yet not made and am going to do so as soon as this clears the
> system, would a 'web mail' account (Lycos.com for instance) be
> considered 'safe?'

As there is no absolute safety or security, the answer to such questions 
is invariably 'it depends'.

If your primary goal is not to have another bad key floating around, so 
you want you revocation cert to be available in all cases, then a 
webmail account may be a good solution. Just remember that you can't 
store the revocation certificate in an encrypted form, so anybody 
hacking your webmail account (or any sysadmin...) could revoke your 

In my case, I'd be most annoyed if my key got revoked by error, so I do 
not have the revocation certificate online anywhere. It's on printout 
and floppy *only*, and the primary secret key (which is necessary to 
generate the revocation cert) is on my home machine only, which is 
behind NAT, and switched off most of the time. All other places where 
I'm working get only a secret subkey (<http://fortytwo.ch/gpg/subkeys> 
for details), so even a compromised secret subkey won't give the 
attacker the power to revoke the key.

Of course, in my case I trade the safety of nobody being able to revoke 
my key but myself against the possibility of losing all copies of 
revocation cert and primary secret key.

Yes, a safe in a bank would be even more security in this direction, but 
that's where the overhead becomes too much when I look at what I use 
gnupg for at the moment.

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