Public keys start with the same letters?

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Public keys start with the same letters?

Postby qwertzuiopaf » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:02 am

I just noticed that my and my friend's keys all start with the same letters.

Is this intended? Why?
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Re: Public keys start with the same letters?

Postby Distro » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:05 pm

Indeed here keys start with either “xsBNB” or with “mQEN”.
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Re: Public keys start with the same letters?

Postby qwertzuiopaf » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:29 pm

to mark them as retroshare keys or for what reason?
since forcing parts of the pub-key to be a certain string doesn't make things more secure
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Re: Public keys start with the same letters?

Postby Distro » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:03 pm

That’s just how PGP keys are.
Check for example this listing: http://pool.sks-keyservers.net:11371/pk ... earch=toto
(these keys are totally unrelated to Retroshare).
All 2048R keys I checked start with mQEN. Keys of a different size start differently. So I suppose the beginning of the key describes its own length and type.
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Re: Public keys start with the same letters?

Postby qwertzuiopaf » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:26 pm

ah, thank you
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