Title --recv-key with full fingerprint does not actually check that the received key matches the fingerprint
Priority feature Status resolved
Category gnupg Due Date
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Created on 2013-12-12.15:11:55 by [P] agl, last changed 2014-08-29.09:37:06 by werner.

msg5326 (view) Author: werner Date: 2014-08-29.09:37:05
Meanwhile implemnted in all branches.
msg4904 (view) Author: agl Date: 2013-12-12.20:22:06
Also related (includes patch):
msg4903 (view) Author: agl Date: 2013-12-12.15:11:55
While `gpg --recv-key <full fingerprint>` does send the full fingerprint to the 
keyserver, it doesn't verify that the received key(s) match that fingerprint.

For example, `gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-key 
0000000000000000000000000000000000000000` will fetch my public key, despite it not 
having that fingerprint.

This certainly surprised me and I fear that other people may also make the incorrect 
assumption that --recv-key with a full fingerprint is safe without further checking: 
I'm aware of two other people who did.

This patch appears to be related:
September/027964.html but I'm unable to check whether it was included because I 
cannot currently reach

(This issue is similar to, although that 
only discusses matching the keyid, which is too small to be collision resistant.)
Date User Action Args
2014-08-29 09:37:06wernersetstatus: chatting -> resolved
messages: + msg5326
2013-12-12 20:22:06aglsetstatus: unread -> chatting
messages: + msg4904
2013-12-12 15:11:55aglcreate