May 16, 2019

#21 - Reliable PGP Keyserver

This is more of a note to self. Go to https://sks-keyservers.net/ if you need a reliable keyserver and not https://pgp.mit.edu

Longer version.

I normally do an intro to PGP with GnuPG in my security workshops. I am used to pgp.mit.edu  when showing how to upload keys & etc. Somehow that server is not so reliable, but I keep on forgetting this!  

So from now on:

Example with gpg

gpg --keyserver hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net --search adli@apnic.net

You can also include the keyserver parameter in gpg.conf so that you will not have to pass the --keyserver parameter everytime. So open ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf with an editor and insert the following line  

keyserver hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net

#longlivepgp :-)