PGP newbie question

Kevin Spicer kevins at BMRB.CO.UK
Thu Oct 2 21:23:35 IST 2003

On Thu, 2003-10-02 at 21:04, Denis Beauchemin wrote:

>Is this normal?  Never mind the first warning, the doc says it is
>normal as I didn't run the command as root and it is not set-uid root.

Yes, PGP works on a web of trust principle.  Just because you have a
public key which claims to represent Julian, doesn't mean it does
(anyone can produce a key which says they are anyone else).  You have to
decide for yourself whether (and how much) you trust Julians key - if
you do you can sign the key (gpg --sign-key "Julian Field") [You need to
have generated your own public and private key first].

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