Distributing OpenPGP Keys with Signed Keylist Subscriptions
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Network Working Group                                          M. McCain
Internet-Draft                                                       FLM
Intended status: Experimental                                     M. Lee
Expires: April 16, 2019                                               TI
                                                                N. Welch
                                                                     FLM
                                                        October 13, 2018

      Distributing OpenPGP Keys with Signed Keylist Subscriptions
                        draft-mccain-keylist-02

Abstract

   This document specifies a system by which an OpenPGP client may
   subscribe to an organization's keylist to keep its internal keystore
   up-to-date.  Ensuring that all members of an organization have their
   colleagues' most recent PGP public keys is critical to maintaining
   operational security.  Without the most recent keys and a source of
   trust for those keys (as this document specifies), users must
   manually update and sign each others keys -- a system that is
   untenable in larger organizations.  This document proposes a
   experimental format for the keylist file as well as requirements for
   clients who wish to implement this experimental keylist subscription
   functionality.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Requirements Notation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.3.  Note to Readers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Functions and Procedures  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.1.  Subscribing to Keylists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.2.  Periodic Updates  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.3.  Cryptographic Verification of Keylists  . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Data Element Formats  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.1.  Keylist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.2.  Signature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  In Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.1.  Security Benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     5.2.  Security Drawbacks  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     7.2.  URIs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

1.  Introduction

   This document specifies a system by which clients may subscribe to
   cryptographically signed keylists.  This system allows for seamless
   key rotation across entire organizations and enhances operational
   security.  To enable cross-client compatibility, this document
   provides a experimental format for the keylist, its cryptographic
   verification, and the method by which it is retreived by the client.
   The user interface by which a client provides this functionality to
   the user is out of scope, as is the process by which the client
   retrieves public keys.  Other non-security-related implementation
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