Fwd: Re: Fwd: Re: Question for app developers, like Enigmail etc. - Identicons

Stefan Claas stefan.claas at posteo.de
Tue Jun 6 20:12:27 CEST 2017

On 06.06.17 12:46, Peter Lebbing wrote:

> On 06/06/17 05:30, Duane Whitty wrote:
>> As I understand the concept of TOFU (Trust On First Use), when you
>> receive a signed email gpg tests that signature against the key
>> retrieved from the public key servers associated with the email.

> TOFU is about *consistency*. It says: this e-mail is signed by the same
> key you've seen on all the earlier messages you received from this
> e-mail address. It keeps count, and alerts you when all of a sudden you
> start receiving signatures made by a different key.

Is TOFU verifying the email address from the from: header of the message
and then compares it with the email address in the UID? I ask, because
if i would use a free form UID with no email address, or i use an Anon
Remailer with a nym account where both email addresses are not identical.
> Note that it can also be combined with the Web of Trust. You could use
> TOFU just to track consistency and not award validity to keys, or you
> could use TOFU to award marginal validity and obtain the remaining
> validity from, e.g., marginally trusted Web of Trust signatures.
> But TOFU isn't for everyone, and neither is the Web of Trust. It's your
> call.
> By the way, it is my feeling Stefan Claas is looking for TOFU. The
> Identicon scheme feels like TOFU with the database on external storage,
> to wit, the user's brain :). Better to store that database on disk,
> IMHO. The (only) net loss is that there is no synchronization between
> different devices.

I just installed modern GnuPG and used it with two inline PGP messages from
Usenet and i like it. :-)
> My Enigmail works with TOFU, although I can't see any statistics. But it
> correctly awards a green bar with "Good signature" to my TOFU-verified keys.
I tried also with Enigmail under OS X but when checking the signatures here
from the list members i always get the blue "Untrusted Good Signature".


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