OpenPGP Web Key Service
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Network Working Group                                            W. Koch
Internet-Draft                                             GnuPG Project
Intended status: Informational                          January 31, 2017
Expires: August 4, 2017

                        OpenPGP Web Key Service
                  draft-koch-openpgp-webkey-service-03

Abstract

   This specification describes a service to locate OpenPGP keys by mail
   address using a Web service and the HTTPS protocol.  It also provides
   a method for secure communication between the key owner and the mail
   provider to publish and revoke the public key.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Notational Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   3.  Web Key Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     3.1.  Key Discovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Web Key Directory Update Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.1.  The Submission Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.2.  The Submission Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.3.  The Confirmation Request  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.4.  The Confirmation Response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.5.  Policy Flags  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     6.1.  Well-Known URI  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   7.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   8.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   Appendix A.  Sample Protocol Run  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     A.1.  Sample Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     A.2.  Sample Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   Appendix B.  Changes Since -02  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17

1.  Introduction

   This memo describes a method to associate OpenPGP keys with a mail
   address and how to look them up using a web service with a well-known
   URI.  In addition a mail based protocol is given to allow a client to
   setup such an association and to maintain it.

2.  Notational Conventions

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

3.  Web Key Directory

   A major use case for OpenPGP is the encryption of mail.  A common
   difficulty of sending encrypted mails to a new communication partner
   is to find the appropriate public key of the recipient.  Unless an
   off-channel key exchange has been done, there are no easy ways to
   discover the required key.  The common practice is to search the
   network of public key servers for a key matching the recipient's mail
   address.  This practise bears the problem that the keyservers are not
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