[GNHLUG] MerriLUG Nashua, Thurs 15 Mar, Encryption for Linux, Overview, Tips, Key Signing

Jim Kuzdrall gnhlug at intrel.com
Wed Mar 14 07:42:31 EDT 2007

Who  : Matt Brodeur, MerriLUG Group and Red Hat 
What : Encryption for Linux, Overview, Tips, and Key Signing
Where: Martha's Exchange
Day  : Thur 15 March **Tomorrow** (Julius Caesar's last day)
Time : 6:00 PM for grub, 7:30 PM for discussion

:: Overview

   Do you have PGP-type encryption set up on your Linux system?

   If not, Matt Brodeur will explain the mechanics of setting it up and 
some reasons you might wish to get or send encrypted messages.

   If you do have PGP set up, there will be a key signing party (see 
link below) where Matt and others will be available to "sign" your key.  
(See Matt's last minute instructions below and on gnhlug-discuss list.)

   Key signature verifies that a Public Key really does belong to the 
person suggested in the User ID.  Encrypted communication is only 
secure to the extent that you can positively associate Public Keys with 
the specified owner.

   In "signing", a key owner attests to personal knowledge that the 
Public Key belongs to the indicated User (issuer).  These digital 
"signatures" go with the User ID packet in the encrypted message.  The 
more signatures, the more you can trust the source of the message.

    Matt must verify who you are before signing.  Minimally, bring your 
key ID, key fingerprint (see link), and at least one well respected 
photo ID.  For example, Matt will bring his Red Hat business cards 
pre-printed with his Red Hat key, his personal key information, his  
passport, and his NH driver's license.  (Bring several copies of your 
key information to pass around to others.) 

    Signing Party Information:
    Finding your key fingerprint:

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Driving directions:


Jim Kuzdrall
gnhlug at intrel.com

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>From Matt:

Everything you need to know will (eventually) be at this page:


What every participant needs to do ASAP is:
1. Upload your key(s) to subkeys.pgp.net if it's not there already.
2. Send your key info (user ID, key ID, fingerprint) to
   mbrodeur at nexttime.com with the subject "PGP Key for MerriLUG"
   BEFORE 5PM on Thursday.

The keyring and check sheet are available at the above page.  If I'm
unable to retrieve your key from subkeys.pgp.net, or the fingerprint
doesn't match the one you submit, I'll notify you by email.

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