paperkey // ? feature request

vedaal at vedaal at
Tue Feb 10 16:49:40 CET 2009

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

>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.

speaking for the very small contingent of the 
occasionally maybe-too-secretive ;-)

would ask to consider the following scenario,
and if there is a possible paper key solution:

for those extremely private secrets
where one prefers to hide even the public key 
that a file is encrypted to,

and uses the 'throw-keyid' option,
and also
uses a public key generated for only this purpose,
not put up on any keyserver,
and not kept on any of the other keyrings,
(and therefore much easier to lose ... ;-) )

is there a way to get paperkey to reconstruct both the public and 
secret keys, given the secret key ?



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