Re: status: establishing a PGP web of trust

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Thu Oct 06 2011 - 03:31:53 EST

On Wed, 5 Oct 2011, Chris Friesen wrote:

> On 10/05/2011 05:57 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > On Wed, 5 Oct 2011, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > Or if I have to bother Linus to meet me and sign my key the next
> > > time he is here in Helsinki.
> >
> > And how would that change the fact that your personal trust value in
> > this community is exactly ZERO?
> >
> > As your idea of trust seems to be based on an ID card you better find
> > some other place with people who are stupid enough to believe that
> > technical measures can replace deep personal trust.
> Aren't you sort of conflating personal trust with a web-of-trust?

No, I'm fighting the idiocy that people seem to believe that a web of
signed keys has any value other than technically establishing the
identity of a person.

> A web-of-trust exists simply to associate a person with a key. It *is* a
> technical measure. If Linus is willing to assert that Adrian's key matches up
> with Adrian-as-individual, and you trust Linus, then you should accept
> Adrian's key as valid regardless of whether or not you personally trust him.

If Linus signs his key, then all it means is that I can be sure to a
certain degree that the person who is using the key is Adrian. But
it's neither a free ticket for a account nor does it have any
other meaning.


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