Prefered algorithms priority

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Nov 8 15:56:38 CET 2005

On Mon, Nov 07, 2005 at 11:32:29PM +0100, Christoph Anton Mitterer wrote:
> David Shaw wrote:
> >>How is the priority specified? Is it from left to right, meaning that an 
> >>algorithm a left from another (b) is preferd in favour of b?
> >>setpref <more prefered> --->--->--->---> <less prefered> ?
> >>   
> >>
> >Correct, it's left to right.  The algorithm works by eliminating any
> >algorithm that isn't usable by all recipients (remember that by
> >definition 3DES is usable by all recipients, so it will be used if all
> >else fails).
> > 
> >
> Ahh,.. thanks and what is about other algorithms,.. if I, for example, 
> exclude MD5 from my prefered hash algorithms,... will this indicate 
> other users that I DO NOT accept MD5 hashed signatures?

It indicates to other users that you don't WANT to accept MD5 hashed
signatures.  It doesn't mean you won't get one.


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