Is self-signing necessary? Basic questions.

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Sun Jan 2 20:43:27 CET 2011

On 01/02/2011 10:01 AM, David Shaw wrote:
> The only significant use of the direct-key signature is for key owners
> to add designated revokers to their key.  Designated revokers are carried
> in a subpacket on a direct key signature.

I think a revocation certificate (that is, revoking the primary key, not
just revoking a given User ID or subkey) is also implemented as a
direct-key signature.

I don't know of any other significant uses, though.


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