Keysigning party

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Note Note: This page is for planning a keysigning party hosted by LUG@UCLA.

A keysigning party is an event for helping people verify each others' PGP keys and strengthening the web of trust.

  • take control of your privacy
  • meet other interesting members of the privacy-aware community
  • pizza

Event information

  • Where: Boelter Hall 4760
  • When: TBA


Way before the party

  1. create a PGP key if you haven't already: $ gpg --gen-key
    WARNING: make sure you understand the implications of holding a private key, e.g. do not generate it on a computer you don't own and have full control over.
  2. sync your public key with keyservers: $ gpg --send-keys <your key ID>
    WARNING: this is irreversible. Make sure you are prepared to protect your private key and you are using a very strong passphrase.
  3. figure out your key fingerprint and RSVP:

Right before the party

  1. download the keylist and keylist hash
    $ wget
    $ wget
  2. check to see if your key ID is on the list next to your name
  3. personally verify the hash: $ sha1sum --check keylist.txt.sha1
  4. add the hash to the bottom of keylist.txt: $ cat keylist.txt.sha1 >>keylist.txt
  5. print keylist.txt and keep safe

During the party

  1. bring the printed copy of keylist.txt
  2. bring one or more forms of ID (e.g. drivers license + Bruin card)
  3. eat pizza

After the party

  1. retrieve your annotated keylist
  2. for every person on the list with two check marks, import that person's key into your local keyring: $ gpg --search-keys "First Last"


Q: How do I install GnuPG (gpg)?
A: If your computer doesn't already have GnuPG installed, you should seriously consider switching to a different operating system. If you're trying to use PGP on Windows or Mac, that kind of defeats the purpose because the software on your computer cannot be trusted to begin with. See Installfest

Q: Can't I just generate my keypair on SEASNet lnxsrv?
A: NO! You must protect your private key. Generate it on your personal computer running an open source operating system. VMs don't count.