dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Mon Nov 7 14:41:25 CET 2005
On Mon, Nov 07, 2005 at 11:55:02PM +1030, Alphax wrote:
> >>>It's a countermeasure against an attack against signing subkeys.
> >>>Basically, the primary key signs all subkeys. With backsigs, the
> >>>signing subkey also signs the primary key.
> >>>Without this, an attacker can "steal" a signing subkey from someone
> >>>else and try and pretend that a signature came from his own key. It's
> >>>not a particularly good attack: the attacker can't issue signatures to
> >>>prove his ownership.
> >>Will this remove the possibility of moving subkeys from one primary key
> >>to another / converting primary keys to subkeys (documented at
> > No, it's unrelated to that. It's a countermeasure against a (somewhat
> > weak) attack. It has nothing to do with various bit twiddling you can
> > do to your own key.
> So how /do/ they work (and how does one go about moving subkeys between
I'm afraid I don't understand what you're asking here. How backsigs
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