Terminology - certificate or key ?

Kristian Fiskerstrand kristian.fiskerstrand at sumptuouscapital.com
Fri Sep 30 17:25:26 CEST 2016

On 09/30/2016 04:24 PM, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
>> I'd start with -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- :)
> You are technically correct (the best kind of correct!) [1] -- no,
> wait!  That's "key block", not "keyblock"!
> I'm more technically correct!  I win!  :)
> In all seriousness, the only context in which I've seen "key block"
> has been the beginning of an armored certificate, and I've literally
> never seen "keyblock", nor have I ever heard anyone call their
> certificate a "keyblock" or "key block" outside of the narrow context
> of "look for -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----".

I for one try to make the distinction, you'll find it back to my signing
policy document[0] (that hasn't been updated for a very long time.., but
doesn't seem like people care too much about things like this today so I
should remove it): "The signed keyblock is uploaded to a randomly chosen
set of keyservers. The signee may hint on what key server or choose to
receive it through mail instead."

[0] https://sumptuouscapital.com/pgp/
Kristian Fiskerstrand
Blog: https://blog.sumptuouscapital.com
Twitter: @krifisk
Public OpenPGP keyblock at hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net
fpr:94CB AFDD 3034 5109 5618 35AA 0B7F 8B60 E3ED FAE3
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Succeed anyway."
(Mother Teresa)

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