Revoking a Lost Key

Mark azbigdogs at
Thu Feb 6 16:36:52 CET 2020

I figured it was not possible but just wanted to double check. It is an
OLD key from the 90s attached to an email address for a ISP that no
longer exists so it's not really used. IF it was possible I would revoke
it but since it is not, it will just live out there forever.

On 2/5/2020 4:37 PM, Damien Goutte-Gattat wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 05, 2020 at 03:59:01PM -0700, Mark wrote:
>> Is there anyway to revoke an OLD LOST PGP key? I no longer have either
>> the public or private keys but can find the KeyID. I'm guessing not but
>> figured I'd ask just in case.
> The revocation certificate needs to be signed by the private key, so
> without the private key it is indeed not possible.
> It is possible to ask a third party to revoke your key in your stead,
> but only if you have previously made said third party a "designated
> revoker" (something that needs to be done in advance, when you still
> have the private key).
> Since you cannot revoke, the only thing you may try is asking some of
> the people who certified your lost key (if any) to revoke their
> certification of your key.
> Cheers,
> - Damien

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