2048 or 4096 for new keys? aka defaults vs. Debian

David Shaw dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Fri Oct 25 02:07:20 CEST 2013

On Oct 24, 2013, at 3:05 PM, Sylvain <beuc at beuc.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> I saw a lot of activity in the Debian project about upgrading to a
> 4096 RSA key,
> e.g. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2010/09/msg00003.html
> However GnuPG's default is 2048.
> Is this zealotry on the Debian front, or something to update in gnupg?

Heh, you might dig through the mail archives from this list from around that time.  In short, some people will call it zealotry.  Some people will call it necessary.  Some people are in the middle.  Reasonable people can disagree about these things, and there isn't one right answer for everyone.

However, in regards to the GnuPG default, that isn't an oversight.


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