Re: status: establishing a PGP web of trust

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Sun Oct 02 2011 - 14:19:41 EST

On 10/02/2011 11:14 AM, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
>> You probably know enough people (including myself) that would be willing
>> to sign your key over the phone. That's part of giving yourself
>> sufficient time.
> Well, then I propose that people create two new key pairs instead of
> just one and take both of them to the KS for signing. Afterwards, one
> of them will be used for development and the other one's private key
> will be kept in a safe place (without any online access), so it can be
> used readily if the first pair is lost or compromised somehow.
> Perhaps the second pair should have a longer life time.

Yes, this is actually a very good practice (the long-lived key should be
a sign-only key, for what it's worth.) I didn't propose it because I
thought it would be too much work.

What do people think? It might be more important for people who are
physically isolated.

>>> What number of signatures on the key will be regarded as sufficient?

FWIW, the stock PGP web of trust rules require 3 signatures.

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