choosing an encryption target from a User ID
Daniel Kahn Gillmor
dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Wed Sep 23 19:04:05 CEST 2009
On 09/23/2009 12:17 PM, Werner Koch wrote:
> Please keep in mind that using a user ID is just to help the user in the
> most common case. Any proper mail tool won't accept such a solution but
> either presenr the user a list of matching keys and let him select a key
> or auto select the key based on such information.
Has this been made this clear to collaborating MUA/plugin developers? I
think the "auto select a key" step for MUAs or plugins is often
implemented as "let gpg pick the key based on the user ID".
I observed this exact behavior from enigmail, and it changed when i
re-ordered my keys in my gpg keyring. You can see the discussion here:
So it sounds like enigmail is relying on gpg at some level to do key
selection among multiple User ID matches. It seemed to me that I could
ask enigmail to improve their key selection process (fixing things just
for enigmail users), or i could ask gpg to change the selection process
(fixing things for enigmail users and all other gpg users).
> Thus I consider this a wish for a future version. Feel free to add such
> a request to the bug tracker.
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