Thanks to Sven and Peter (was: Re: Lost passphrase)

Joseph Oreste Bruni jbruni at
Wed Apr 25 18:20:11 CEST 2007

Now we just need to remove your toe. :)

On Apr 17, 2007, at 3:04 PM, Thomas Sowa wrote:

> Hi,
> i just created a new key, the revocation and tatood the passphrase  
> on my left
> toe :-=
> Thanks for help, i figured that the situation looks bad, but hoped  
> thare could
> be done something. If it were, however, it would go at cost of  
> security, so
> it's all good.
> Take care and watch out for your passphrases folks :-)
> Thomas
> Zitat von "Peter S. May" <me at>:
>> Sven Radde wrote:
>>> If yes, you're quite screwed as it will stay there forever: New  
>>> contacts
>>> will not know which key to choose when they look your name up on the
>>> keyservers. People might be smart enough to use the newer of the two
>>> keys. If you don't rely so much on the keyservers to distribute your
>>> key, it is also less of a problem.
>>> This *will* sort itself out, however, after the email exchange  
>>> with them
>>> has begun: If you receive a message encrypted to your old key,  
>>> you would
>>> email them back to use the new one instead. It is just an  
>>> inconvenience
>>> to set up the "communication channel" to you. Once your  
>>> communication
>>> partner has the correct key in his local keyring, everything will  
>>> be fine.
>> I would add to this not to forget the role of Web of Trust in  
>> OpenPGP.
>> To mitigate the effect of losing control of a key, get anyone who  
>> signed
>> your public key (if applicable) to revoke their sigs on the old  
>> key and
>> sign your new one, setting up new in-person meetings as  
>> necessary.  The
>> consensus of even one person you have in common could be a sufficient
>> clue as to which one is _probably_ right.
>> Mis dos centavos
>> PSM
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