some beginner questions
wsenn1 at twu.edu
Sun Apr 2 02:50:23 CEST 2017
On 4/1/17 3:08 PM, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
>> Do I just move on and try not to do that in the future, or is there any
>> hope for cleaning up?
> Move on. It's okay, everybody makes this mistake in the beginning. :)
I thought this might be the case. On the one hand, bummer, on the other, ok.
>> 2. In everyday use, what is the norm for folks to publish their keys to
>> get other folks to use them? Do y'all put the fingerprint in your
>> emails, attach your signatures (I see some of you on this list do), put
>> the key on your social media, or what?
> (My opinion on this used to be 100% orthodox; in the last few years I've
> seen it become heterodox. The cool kids are all about TOFU today; I
> think TOFU borders on crazy. So be warned, this opinion is ... stodgy,
> by present standards.)
> If I'm corresponding with someone, I ask if they use OpenPGP; if they
> do, I arrange for an out-of-band key verification. I also have my
> fingerprint on my business card, so that if I meet someone face-to-face
> it makes it easy as can be to do a key verification: here's my driver's
> license, here's my business card, you get to verify I'm really Rob
> Hansen and you have my fingerprint given to you directly by me.
Sounds reasonable. I'll look into TOFU, but I think I'll lean towards a
more conservative approach to start.
>> 3. I've read
>> and other such pieces proclaiming the value of having the master key in
>> a safe place and having subkeys on your actual devices. I've following
>> the guides and it seems that I am unable to actually sign anything with
>> the subkey, gpg complains with gpg: signing failed: No secret key. gpg
>> -K shows:
> Please read the FAQ. Question 8.1 is directly applicable.
> The internet is full of people who will tell you "the true secret" to
> "creating the perfect key". The reality is, unless you know exactly
> what changes you're making and why you need to make them, you will be
> far better served with the defaults.
If I don't get this master/sub key thing figured out successfully soon,
I'll probably go back to defaults.
>> 4. Is it safe to refer to my public key/fingerprint information as I did
>> in the previous question with output from gpg?
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