Lost Private Key

John Clizbe JPClizbe at comcast.net
Sat Sep 3 05:22:47 CEST 2005

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Dan Mundy wrote:
> Dan Mundy wrote:
>> How do i regain a lost private key? if i can't, how can i generate a
>> revoke certificate for it? if i can't, can i delete it from the servers?
>> what should i do? i need help!!!!!
> nevermind... i found an old backed-up copy of my private key... sorry
> for the fuss.

Good deal. And you've generated that revocation cert and are storing it with
the backup copy of the key?

Oh, BTW... Make another backup copy of public & private keys and that
revocation cert -- and store them on different media, and b) in a different
secure location.

The answers to your questions wouldn't be very pleasing.

How do regain the private key? You can't. There is no way to reconstruct a
private key from the public key.
Generate rev cert? You can't without the private key.
Delete from keyservers? You can't. Servers are add-only.

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