Key Flags Discontinuity

Loren M. Lang lorenl at
Mon Jul 28 22:09:18 CEST 2008

There seems to be a discontinuity on the usage of key flags between the 
primary key and subkeys.  The key flags for subkeys is stored in the 
subkey binding signature of which there is one of and affects all trust 
on that subkey.  The primary key's key flags are stored in the 
self-signatures of it's various user ids linking it to the trust of a 
specific user id.  It seems to me that it would be more appropriate to 
put the key flags in a direct key signature (0x1F) of the primary key. 
Is this allowed by OpenPGP?
Loren M. Lang
lorenl at

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