Paperkey 1.0 released
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Fri Jan 23 00:58:27 CET 2009
On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 04:52:48PM -0600, Kevin Hilton wrote:
> Thanks for this release. Reading the explanation on the website:
> http://www.jabberwocky.com/software/paperkey/ got me thinking. Is
> there an explanation or description of all the metadata that is
> contained within the secret key?
Yes. See RFC 4880, sections 5.5.3 and 11.2. What makes paperkey
possible is that in OpenPGP, a secret key is actually the same thing
as a public key with a few extra fields tacked on (the ones specified
Another nice side effect of this is that you can transform any secret
key into a public key. In fact, GPG will do this for you - try
importing a secret key that you don't already have a public key for.
GPG will import the secret key, and then create a public key for it
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