information in the public key block
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Tue Jul 22 04:30:47 CEST 2008
On Jul 21, 2008, at 10:20 PM, kurt c wrote:
> Another beginner idiot's question from me. Please excuse me.
> How is it that when I import the PGP public key block from someone's
> webpage for example, GnuPG automatically knows the key ID and email
> address and all the stuff? Is this information embedded in all the
> letters in the key block somewhere? Where?
The key block is just a base64 transformation of the key. The key
format is specified in RFC-4880, and yes, it includes email addresses,
the information necessary to calculate the key ID, and so on.
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