Retrieving public key from smartcard
wk at gnupg.org
Fri Mar 31 10:12:47 CEST 2006
On Fri, 31 Mar 2006 00:45:10 +0200 (MEST), saschainlondon said:
> Isn't it possible to create the public key again with the card?
> (Assume I didn't send the public key to anywhere/anyone and have only my
No. For example my key is a bit larger than 64k and that is far too
much to save on a smartcard. IT is named public key for a reasons; it
should be on some public or semi-public space - without that it is
> If it isn't possible a short note should be added to the documentation to
> remind everyone to backup the public key immediately after creation.
It is not about a backup. However we should clarify that the card
only holds the secret key and that it is not possible to re-generate
the public key (with user ids etc.) from it.
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