How to run a key server

Cameron Metzke cmetzke at
Wed Sep 7 23:50:57 CEST 2005

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Berend Tober wrote:
> This may be a very silly question, but I want to know what is involved
> with running a key server?
> A manager has asked about whether we can somehow use "electronic
> signatures" on internal documents to reduce paper and printer costs as
> well as the problem of occasionally losing a printed piece of
> documentation that needs to get approved or signed by more than one
> person. Seems to me like gnupg is made for this kind of situation. Since
> this will be an internal infrastructure, I"m not concerned with
> providing a PKI to the *public*, but just to company employees. I'm
> thinking that there must be a server software package that handle this
> available somewhere, but my googling turns up mostly info on using gpg
> individually, more or less. There is a sourceforge project that seems to
> be the right tool, but it was listed as inactive.
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You could just put a front-end on a particular gnupg install, and use it
as a basic keyserver. I have written a rough php front-end to gnupg to
do pretty much what you want ( I Think ). It can query a pubring for a
public key, update Public Keys and add public keys. If you want the
rough script, just send me an email and ill fire it off to you, it
should give you some idea's at least of how to do what you need.
Version: GnuPG v1.4.2 (MingW32)


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