keyserver spam

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Fri Dec 16 18:50:53 CET 2011

On 12/16/2011 10:51 AM, gnupg at wrote:
> I understand that once you've uploaded something to the keyservers, it
> can't be removed. Eg, if I sign someone elses key and upload that, it
> will be attached to their key permanently?

yes, this is correct. :(

> What if someone were to generate say, 10,000 keypairs with "offensive"
> uid names, and then sign my key with each of them, and then upload that
> to the keyservers? Is there anything to stop that?

nope.  flooding like this is currently possible. :(

> Is there anything to
> stop a spammer generating a key with their URL in the uid name and then
> signing every key they can find and uploading that to the keyservers?

nope, this is also possible. :(

> Has anything like this happened before?

well, there's the JBARSE key, which i vaguely recall having been created
in a joking way to threaten character assassination, but i can't find
any keys that it has actually signed, nor any documentation to explain
why i have this recollection, so please take with a grain of salt.


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