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03 Why not just use a keyserver?




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This article is from the alt.security.keydist FAQ, by Michael Bauser faqs@bauser.com with numerous contributions by others.

03 Why not just use a keyserver?

Although I'm sure many people have many different reasons for using this
newsgroup, there are two major ones:

First, there are several public key encryption (PKE) systems (such as
InvisiMail, Puffer, RIPEM, Vouch, and Sifr) that do not have keyserver
networks. A newsgroup can serve as a de facto keyserver forusers of those
systems.

Second, even for PKE systems with established keyservers (i.e. PGP),
alt.security.keydist provides "another channel of distribution". Many PGP
users attempt to distribute their public keys through as many protocols as
possible. Such users often have their keys available in such diverse
locations as keyservers (distribution by e-mail and http), in .plan files
(distribution by finger), on web pages (distribution by http), and in ftp
archives. alt.security.keydist is another protocol for redundant key
distribution: distribution by netnews.

(This FAQ's author has, at various times, distributed his key by finger, by
web, by keyserver, by newsgroup, by Fidonet echomail and by CompuServe file
library. This FAQ's author is prone to overkill.)

 

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