Detecting PGP 2.6.x keys
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Fri Sep 17 21:13:21 CEST 2004
On Fri, Sep 17, 2004 at 02:26:10PM -0400, Jason Harris wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 17, 2004 at 08:24:40AM -0400, David Shaw wrote:
> > In any event, let's play with the numbers a bit. I misremembered the
> > statistics when I wrote that email. It's actually *worse* for V3
> > keys: slightly over 95% for V4 keys and slightly under 5% for V3.
> > Stats as of May 2002 (as per
> > http://lists.alt.org/pipermail/pgp-keyserver-folk/2002-May/001853.html):
> > V2 keys 18159
> > V3 keys 143068
> > V4 keys 3055126
> > These are stats from 2002, but I'd be pretty shocked to see that V3
> > keys grew at a faster rate than V4 between then and now.
> I posted newer numbers to this list with these subjects:
> key count, 2004-03-01
> key count, 2004-03-31
> key count, 2004-07-06 (+ duplicates by short keyid)
> The 2004-07-06 numbers were 172293 v2/v3 pubkeys and 1856928 v4 pubkeys
> (with 1870716 subkeys) or 11066 new v2/v3 pubkeys v. 672518 new v4 keys
> (pubkeys and subkeys) from 2002-05-2x to 2004-07-06.
Thanks Jason. This brings up a very good point. To be a completely
fair comparison, we should compare V3 keys against V4 pubkeys (and not
subkeys). Since V4 keys are usually 2 or more V4 keys together, this
unfairly elevates the number of V4 keys.
So, using Jason's numbers for 2004-07-06, 9% of the keys are v2/v3 and
91% of the keys are v4.
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