#28 ✓invalid
C Fraire

Dodgy keyserver?

Reported by C Fraire | February 15th, 2012 @ 07:30 PM | in 0.7 (closed)

Hello. I was looking to upload a key to a keyserver. Looking at my GPG Keychain Access preferences, I see that my keyserver was set to hkp://keys.gnupg.net.

OpenDNS shows four results for keys.gnupg.net:

As a sanity check, I looked for web servers at these addresses, and found this weirdness: -> redirects to http://mud.stack.nl/, a "Sci-Fi MUD" does not respond does not respond -> responds with "SKS OpenPGP Keyserver @zimmermann.mayfirst.org"

This seems dodgy to me. Please advise.

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  • Luke Le

    Luke Le February 16th, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

    • Assigned user set to “Mento”


    I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
    It's strange that the HTTP for the first IP is used for a strange Sci-Fi site, but nevertheless if you telnet it on port 11371 which is the SKS OpenPGP port it responds correctly.

    Also if you upload your public key it's forwarded to many other keyservers, so I don't think there's a chance that this could pose a problem.

    If you've installed GPGPreferences you can change the keyserver to use in your System Preferences -> GPGPreferences.
    I'm using the pgp.uni-mainz.de since it seems to be more reliable.
    pgp.mit.edu also works very well.

  • C Fraire

    C Fraire February 16th, 2012 @ 01:44 PM

    Thank you. A follow-up issue: there is a line in my gpg.conf which is not modified when I change keyservers:

    auto-key-locate cert pka ldap hkp://keys.gnupg.net

    Might this be managed as well by GPGPreferences and GPG Keychain Access?


  • Luke Le

    Luke Le February 16th, 2012 @ 01:48 PM

    This could indeed be a bug. We'll have to look into this.
    I'll let you know once we find something out.
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

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  • Mento

    Mento April 25th, 2012 @ 01:27 PM

    Zusammenfassung für mich: GPGDefaults keyserver sollte auch auto-key-locate anpassen.

  • steve

    steve April 20th, 2013 @ 08:33 PM

    • Assigned user cleared.
  • steve

    steve March 24th, 2016 @ 04:41 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “invalid”
    • Milestone set to 0.7
    • Importance set to “Low”

    hkps is the default key server by now.

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