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  • noun A public key and its associated private key (in public-key cryptography)


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  • All we get from Thawte is a single cert, not a 'keypair' like I have always worked with in the past. fruitwerks 2010

  • This means that we couldn't ssh into our instance or if we have certain ports we wanted open, we have to go into Amazon's console to change its default "Cloudkick" security group (the keypair can't be changed once an instance is launched).

    First-ever test of public cloud management wares Thomas Henderson and Brendan Allen 2010

  • If you want to do it better, then you can have them issue cryptographically-signed statements using their identities saying "I, John Smith, believe that the keypair with fingerprint 1234 5678 1234 5678 1234 5678 1234 5678 1234 5678 does indeed belong to Alaric Blagrave Snell-Pym", in effect countersigning your statement of ownership.

    Snell-Pym » Identity 2008

  • Under these schemes, anyone can create a keypair, then use that keypair to sign a statement saying "The keypair with this public key belongs to Bob Jones", and then publicise the public key and the statement which is pretty much how a PGP public key works.

    Snell-Pym » Identity 2008

  • So if you have a PGP keypair or take part in or Thawte's web of trust, come along.

    Snell-Pym » Keysigning party - London, 2nd June 2008

  • If you don't, but are interested in being able to exchange military-grade encrypted or signed messages, then set up GNU Privacy Guard - see their manuals for more details - and create yourself a keypair your own digital identity - or several - and bring along your key IDs and fingerprints to have them vouched for and vouch for everyone else's.

    Snell-Pym » Keysigning party - London, 2nd June 2008

  • I want to be able to restore a backup knowing a base URL and a passphrase I can memorise, not needing to store a keypair somewhere and not lose it!

    Snell-Pym » A stressful upgrade - and a design for a better backup system 2008

  • Now, this may sound meaningless, since anybody on Earth can create a keypair and attach a signed statement to it saying "The keypair with this public key belongs to Alaric Blagrave Snell-Pym", and all claim to be me.

    Snell-Pym » Identity 2008

  • Administrators could grant a keypair to a user group, then a proxy system could ensure that outgoing email from members of that group as long as the signature matches a real group member! is also signed automatically by the group's key, optionally removing the original author's signature.

    Snell-Pym » Public Key Cryptography 2008

  • You would be the coolest kid in the Internet cafe when you plugged in your fingerprint-reading lightup singing duckie and used it to transfer your ssh keypair-halves to gain acess to your cage.

    Boing Boing: December 7, 2003 - December 13, 2003 Archives 2003


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  • This word's a keeper.

    June 29, 2022