GPG key renewal
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What happen when a PGP key expire? Obvious answer: you can no longer securely use it. Nevertheless, you may not delete it as you must be able to read your encrypted files.
Basics step that should be done are:
- generate a new (sub)key
- publish your key
- test your newly generated key
generate a new key
For the first key generation, you should have used
The common way using pgp is:
On some installation, you may have used gpg --full-gen-key to a obtain a dialog for each option
You must generate a new subkey:
Then you add two keys: one to sign and one to encrypt. Do not forget to save your changes.
I recommand to use the default choice when creating a new key (RSA and RSA for my current installation)
publish your key
gpg --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --send-keys
you may use any keyserver of your choice. A short list include pgp.mit.edu, keys.gnupg.net, subkeys.pgp.net, keyserver.ubuntu.com.
test your key
You may use Adele (email@example.com). Send an email to Adele. It is quite straightforward.
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