dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Wed Sep 24 04:18:04 CEST 2008
On Sep 23, 2008, at 6:38 PM, Kevin Hilton wrote:
> Now that the algorithm has been changed for picking preferred
> algorithms, can someone please explain how the new algorithm works if
> the personal preferences are omitted? Someone had previously posted a
> very informative example with three users with their key preferences,
> and showed how the choices progressed from the last key on the list up
> through the first key. I thought that example was very informative.
It's very simple and easy to explain now:
With personal-*-preferences, GPG works exactly as it does now. That
is, whatever the personal-*-preferences say, goes, so long as they
don't violate any key preferences (i.e. we won't pick AES unless every
key can handle AES).
Without personal-*-preferences, GPG will pick the most popular
algorithm from the various recipient keys. That's basically it.
Key A has: AES CAST5 3DES
Key B has: CAST5 3DES AES
Key C has: CAST5 AES 3DES
Then CAST5 will win. It's the most popular.
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