effect of revuid

Marko Bauhardt marko.bauhardt at mailbox.org
Wed Feb 8 08:29:33 CET 2017

> On 04 Feb 2017, at 03:43, Daniel Kahn Gillmor <dkg at fifthhorseman.net> wrote:
> revuid does not delete a User ID, it revokes a user ID.  On a typical
> OpenPGP certificate, a revoked User ID is still present, but it is
> marked clearly and verifiably as having been revoked.

Ok. Thanks.

> Note that if you just do your revocation locally and don't find a way to
> get it to your correspondents (e.g. by publishing to the keyservers, and
> hoping that they all refresh regularly) then no one will know about it,
> and from their point of view the User ID will not be revoked.

Sure. Got it.

> The primary key and its subkeys are still valid, yes.  If you revoke the
> last User ID, then arguably a cleaned version of your certificate
> (without any User IDs) will not be considered a valid "transferable
> public key" because it will have no User ID associated.

Oki thx.

> even if your certificate as a whole is explicitly revoked, the
> mathematical object that is the secret key still exists, and can still
> perform whatever operations you require of it.  So yes, you should be
> able to decrypt anything encrypted to any secret key you hold,
> regardless of whether the certificates that contain those keys are
> valid, revoked, expired, or whatever.

Nice. This is an important answer.

> make sense?

Yes, totally. Thx for explanation.


Marko Bauhardt
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