[ANN] Hockeypuck: OpenPGP Keyserver

John Clizbe John at enigmail.net
Tue Nov 6 22:38:21 CET 2012

Casey Marshall wrote:
> On 11/05/2012 11:12 AM, Kristian Fiskerstrand wrote:
>> On 11/05/2012 04:04 PM, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
>>> On 11/04/2012 10:46 PM, Casey Marshall wrote:
>>>> I’d like to share Hockeypuck, an OpenPGP Keyserver I’ve 
>>>> developed in Go (http://golang.org).
>>> Cool, i'm glad to hear of it.  Does this sync with any of the 
>>> existing SKS network?  I saw no mention of peer synchronization 
>>> in the README or the project page.
>>> --dkg
>> Indeed interesting to hear of new keyserver implementations, and 
>> having a less homogeneous system should only be beneficial to the 
>> overall security.
>> Re SKS sync, this seems to be filed as a RFE/bug already at [0]. 
>> Does it currently sync through the old PKS system / email?

> Not yet, but soon. PKS syncing is an easier stop-gap measure while I
> study set reconciliation.

You'll probably need PKS-style email syncing even after you've setup your own
set recon algorithm to sync with the SKS servers. SKS sends and receives
PKS-style email updates. It's pretty simple, you send/receive armored
keyblocks of changes and merge the changes you receive into your database.
Unfortunately a number of SKS server operators have, IMNSHO, misconfigured
their servers and turned this off.

The pksd code should give you a good guide on how to implement email
exchanges. I'd do the receiving/updating part first -- then we can start
sending your server updates.


>> Another RFE seems to be RFC6637 support - as the keyserver at the 
>> moment seems unable to accept my key [1]. In addition, if you want 
>> the keyserver to be included in the pool[2] I'd request a 
>> /pks/lookup?op=stats implementation similar to SKS (and indeed 
>> GnuKS[3], that is implemented with a Software: header)

Probably ought to move this thread over to the sks-devel list where it's more


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