[Sks-devel] Fwd [from schleuder dev team]: Signature-flooded keys: current situation and mitigation

Andrew Gallagher andrewg at andrewg.com
Thu Jul 18 19:35:52 CEST 2019

> On 18 Jul 2019, at 17:46, Todd Fleisher <todd at fleetstreetops.com> wrote:
> "Unfortunately, there is currently no
> good way to distribute revocations that doesn't also reveal the revoked
> identity itself. We don't want to distribute revoked identities, so we can't
> distribute the identity at all."

We can kill two birds with one stone here, using two simple extensions-by-convention of the protocol. 

A key owner can (preferably automatically) create a “self-identity” on her primary key consisting of a well-known string that contains no personal information. To avoid breaking legacy search-by-id systems this string should be unique to the primary key. I suggest using “fpr:00000000000000000000000000000000000”, where the zeros are replaced by the fingerprint of the key. The self-identity (and any revocations on it) can then be safely distributed by keystores that would otherwise refuse to distribute personal info. 

A recipient can then infer from revocation of the self-identity that the primary key itself has been revoked (and by extension all associated identities, whether published or not). 


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