Terminology - certificate or key ?

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Fri Sep 30 12:34:29 CEST 2016

On Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:23, gnupg at jelmail.com said:

> * A Public-Key packet starts a series of packets that forms an OpenPGP
> key (sometimes called an OpenPGP certificate).

In OpenPGP this is called a "keyblock".  The term certificate is used
only for some special thinks (revocation certificate).  Certificate also
has the bad connotation that a third party issues this; which is not the
case for common OpenPGP use cases

An OpenPGP keyblock is very different from an X.509 certificate.



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