Rare condition incompatibility of public key

Myckel Habets myckel at sdf.lonestar.org
Mon Dec 1 21:05:24 CET 2008

Hello everybody,

Thank you for all the replies, I'll point my friend to the archives of
this list in the hope that he starts upgrading (but that is up to him).

I had one more quick question, more technical I guess.

The screenshot he showed (the one where my key validated bad) showed
still the old expiration date. Is this somewhere stored in the key
itself? (it kept showing up even after he removed my public key and
re-fetched it from the key I send him.)



On Sun, 30 Nov 2008 20:19:08 +0100
Myckel Habets <myckel at sdf.lonestar.org> wrote:

> Hello list,
> Last week I had contact with someone who said that my public key was
> "bad" according his validation program. I've mailed with many people
> before while using this key, but he was the first to tell me that.
> When I checked with a friend he said that the key was valid for him.
> The key was created in 2005 and at creation time I added an expiration
> date of the same day 2 years later. However within some time I thought
> this was not really needed, so I removed that expiration date (gpg let
> me do that, so I thought it was ok) and kept using that key without
> any problems.
> Currently my key looks like this:
> pub  1024D/9A3D206F  created: 2005-12-10  expires: never       usage:
> SC trust: ultimate      validity: ultimate
> sub  2048g/D5904978  created: 2005-12-10  expires: never       usage:
> E [ultimate] (1). Myckel Habets (E-mail key) <myckel at sdf.lonestar.org>
> The person who said to me that the key validates as bad uses the
> PGPkeys program from the PGP corporation software (version 6.58, last
> version that was released when Phil Zimmerman worked there, he
> doesn't trust later versions) to do the validation.
> To sum this up I have two questions:
> 1) What is causing this problem? Is my key really bad or is this an
> incompatibility between PGPkeys version 6.58 and GPG?
> 2) Do I need to create new keys and revoke this key?
> Thank you in advance.
> Myckel Habets
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