Generation of key ID's

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Sun Sep 22 22:30:52 CEST 2013

On 09/21/2013 11:56 AM, Ralf Ramsauer wrote:

> Both, signature and encryption key get their own ID's. How are these
> ID's generated? Randomly?

the key IDs are the low-order bits of the fingerprints.  the
fingerprints are an SHA-1 digest of the creation date of the key plus
the public elements of the key plus some boilerplate/formatting.

You can read up on the specifics in the standard:



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