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Re: public key service

  • From: L. Sassaman
  • Date: Mon Jun 26 17:17:43 2000

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> > so, thanks to many nanogians, i now have a selection of servers, multi-
> > addressed servers, an ldap server, ... i can try when i need this service.
> > needless to say, i am not impressed.  while i guess i can limp along like
> > this, it does not feel like what i would call a production quality
> > service.
> > 

Well, the fundamental point you haven't mentioned here is that the PGP
keyserver network, past and present, is entirely a volunteer-based
service. The exception is the server that NAI runs, since NAI has a vested
interest in having a keyserver available for users to access, but even
so, there is not as of yet any commercial entity selling access to, or
guaranteeing access to, a PGP keyserver (as far as I know -- correct me if
I am wrong).

One thing I would like to see is more ISPs running keyservers for the use
of their customers. A few of them do. Thre are other ways that companies
could provide services that involve keyserver access, but I can't go into
that here.

I attended the Keyserver Managers Symposium in Holland last month. A lot
of great ideas were presented, and a lot of problems discussed. One thing
is clear, and that is that the current PGP keyserver network needs to be
redesigned if it is to scale to another order of magnitude as far as
capacity. I expect that we will see good things happen in this regard in
the next year or so.

- --Len.


L. Sassaman

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