Once again, we will be holding a PGP Key signing party at the IETF
meeting in San Diego. We have been scheduled to meet at 10:30pm on the
evening of Wednesday, December 13, 2000 in the Marina 6. The procedure
we will use is the following:
o People who wish to participate should email an ASCII extract of their
PGP public key to <tytso(_at_)mit(_dot_)edu> by noon on Wednesday, December
2000. Please include a subject line of "IETF PGP KEY", and please
avoid MIME-encrypting your e-mail. (I will be running the emacs RMAIL
file through PGP, and PGP-keys that are base-64 encoded will get
ignored unless I take manual action to fix things, which I will try
to do but make no guarantees about doing.)
The method of generating the ASCII extract under Unix is:
pgp -kxa my_email_address mykey.asc (pgp 2.6.2)
pgpk -xa my_email_address > mykey.asc (pgp 5.x)
gpg --export -a my_email_address > mykey.asc (gpg)
If you're using Windows or Macintosh, hopefully it will be Intuitively
Obvious (tm) using the GUI interface how to generate an ASCII armored
key that begins "-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----".
o By 6pm on Wednesday, you will be able to fetch complete key ring
from the following URL with all of the keys that were submitted:
o At 10:30pm, come prepared with the PGP Key fingerprint of your PGP
public key; we will have handouts with all of the key fingerprints of
the keys that people have mailed in.
o In turn, readers at the front of the room will recite people's keys;
as your key fingerprint is read, stand up, and at the end of reading
of your PGP key fingerprint, acknowledge that the fingerprint as read
o Later that evening, or perhaps when you get home, you can sign the
keys corresponding to the fingerprints which you were able to verify
on the handout; note that it is advisable that you only sign keys of
people when you have personal knowledge that the person who stood up
during the reading of his/her fingerprint really is the person which
he/she claimed to be.
o Submit the keys you have signed to the PGP keyservers. A good one to
use is the one at MIT: simply send mail containing the ascii armored
version of your PGP public key to <pgp(_at_)pgp(_dot_)mit(_dot_)edu>.
Note that you don't have to have a laptop with you; if you don't have
any locally trusted computing resources during the key signing party,
you can make notes on the handout, and then take the handout home and
sign the keys later.