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Re: mailing list pgp signatures...

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On 07/12/09 19:05, quoth Rick Sewill:

> My thought is to pgp sign my mail.
> Those who know me, who have spoken to me over the phone and have
> received mail from me, can save my signature from my mail and know the
> mail, and any future mail with that signature, is from me.


Every message you send will have a different signature. Your signature is a
function of the content of your message and your private key. It can only be
verified using your public key. Saving a signature is of no value.

Signing a message says three things:

* You're reading a message from me, whoever I am.
* I can never say that I never said it (non-repudiation).
* The message is intact. It was not modified.

> Those who do not know me will have a valid, verified, but untrusted
> signature.  If these people have a problem with my mail, they should be
> able to track me down through my signature.

Not true. Public keys are not the same as a signature.

> If one receives mail that purports to be from me, and doesn't
> have a signature or does have a signature, but not my signature,
> I can claim I didn't send the mail, and hopefully, the person
> who created the signature can be tracked down through their
> signature.  I assume the key servers keep a log indicating what Internet
> address was used to register what signature and those records can be
> accessed if one can get a court order.

Not true and they do not.

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