Paperkey question

David Shaw dshaw at
Sun Feb 8 22:41:10 CET 2009

On Feb 8, 2009, at 10:59 AM, Ian Hill wrote:
> Can you explain the instructions, do you just add the octets to the  
> end
> of the public key.  Is this the same with multiple subkeys.

Yes, and yes.  In OpenPGP, a secret key is just a public key with some  
extra stuff (the secret numbers) tacked on to the end.  That's how  
paperkey makes the keys so small - it can safely leave off all the  
public key information.


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