[OTR-dev] OTR keys as OpenPGP subkeys

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at guardianproject.info
Thu Nov 10 21:37:02 EST 2011

I'm working on a project as part of the Guardian Project that aims to make it really easy for people to keep their encryption keys in sync across the devices they use, as well as making it easy to verify the keys of the people who are on the other side of the communication.

First off, I'm not a cryptographer.  I am a hacker who focuses on making software that is as simple as possible to use while not obscuring meaningful details.  I'm currently exploring the idea of storing OTR keys as OpenPGP subkeys. So I want to ask, is it crazy to think about linking in OTR keys into an OpenPGP identity?

And for my next step, I'm trying to find ways to export the keys from the otr.private_key and otr.fingerprint files.  Any tips on the file format and how to convert the keys to a widely understood format, like x509 or OpenPGP?



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