GPG key signing Party

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Before you come to ubucon key signing party

  • Mandatory: Create a GPG keypair for yourself (if you haven't already)
  • Mandatory: Print or write down your key fingerprint and bring it with you. You'll have to confirm at the signing that the list is correct for your key.
  • Mandatory: Send your key before the event to the keyserver.

Get your KEYID from your keyring as the part following the 1024D/ as follows:

gpg --list-secret-keys | grep sec

As an example this may look like 82A0BC01. Yours will be different.

  • Then send your key to the keyserver with:

gpg --keyserver --send-keys KEYID

gpg --fingerprint '' | mail -s "'' key" keys at


gpg --fingerprint
cut/past into an email to with the subject “ key”
  • Mandatory: Bring a government-issued picture ID of yourself

After the Keysigning

Following the keysigning, you'll need to actually sign people's keys. The easiest way to do this is to use caff which is conveniently packaged in the Ubuntu signing-party package. caff lets you sign a number of keys at once, and will then email each recipient their signed key, encrypted with their key (actually, it sends one email per UID on the target key, so those people with 10 UIDs on their key will get 10 emails from caff, but that's OK - it makes sure they control that email address too). They must know their own pass phrase to retrieve their signed key, which they can then import into their gpg keyring and upload to the keyserver


TheUbucon/keysignparty (last edited 2008-08-06 16:27:48 by localhost)