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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for netpgpkeys (netbsd section 1)

NETPGPKEYS(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual			    NETPGPKEYS(1)

     netpgpkeys -- PGP key management utility

     netpgpkeys --export-key [options] file ...
     netpgpkeys --find-key [options] file ...
     netpgpkeys --generate-key [options] file ...
     netpgpkeys --import-key [options] file ...
     netpgpkeys --list-keys [options] file ...
     netpgpkeys --list-sigs [options] file ...
     netpgpkeys --version
     netpgpkeys [-Vgls] [-olong-option=value] file ...

		where the long options for all commands are:


     At the present time, the netpgpkeys utility is still under development.  Whilst the signing
     and verification, encryption and decryption parts of netpgp(1) are considered mature,
     netpgpkeys needs more work.  Other key management utilities should be used in preference to
     this one.

     The netpgpkeys command is used for all forms of PGP key management, from generation of new
     keys to propagation of public keys to key servers, and import of new public keys from other

     The netpgp(1) utility should be used for file management and transformation - encryption,
     decryption, signing and verification of files.

     For signing and encryption, a unique identity is needed.  This identity is made up of a pri-
     vate and public key.  The public key part is made available and known to everyone.  The pri-
     vate key is kept secret, and known only to the user who created the identity.  The secret
     key is protected with a passphrase.

     In rough terms, a digital signature is a digest of a file's contents, encrypted with the
     user's private key.  Since together, the private and public keys identify the user uniquely,
     the signature can be used to identify the exact version of the file, and any changes made to
     the file will mean that the signature no longer matches.

     As a corollary, the file can be transformed using a user's public key, into text such that
     the contents can only be viewed by someone with the corresponding private key.  This is
     called encryption.

     The netpgpkeys utility can be used to generate a new key-pair for a user.	As mentioned
     before, this key is in two parts, the public key (which is known by other people) and the
     private key.

     The other use of netpgpkeys is to maintain keyrings.  Key and keyring management commands
     available are: --export-key, --find-key, --generate-key, --import-key, and --list-keys.
     Keyrings are collections of public keys belonging to other users.	By using other means of
     identification, it is possible to establish the bona fides of other users.  Once trust has
     been established, the public key of the other user will be signed.  The other user's public
     key can be added to our keyring.  The other user will add our public key to their keyring.

     Keys can be listed, exported (i.e. made available to others), and imported (i.e. users who
     have signed our public key).

     Key and keyring management can be done with the following commands:

     --export-key  Display the current public key in a format suitable for export.  This can be
		   used to place the keyring on one of the public key servers, for example.

     --find-key    Find the appropriate public key from the current keyring.  If no keyring is
		   provided, the user's public keyring is used.

		   This command is used to generate a new public and private key pair.	If pro-
		   vided on the command line, the argument will be given to the key generation
		   routine to be used as the identity of the key.  This is usually the email
		   address and full name, but can be any identification token.	The newly-gener-
		   ated keys are placed in a sub-directory of the ``home directory'' which is
		   created at key generation time.  At present, only RSA keys can be generated.
		   The hash algorithm and keysize can be specified on the command line.

     --import-key  Import a public key as retrieved from one of the public key servers.  This is
		   in the form of a file which has previously been retrieved from elsewhere.

     --list-keys   List all the public keys in the current keyring.  If no keyring is provided,
		   the user's public keyring is used.

     --list-sigs   List all the public keys in the current keyring, along with the sub-key signa-
		   tures which provide the key with trust.  If no keyring is provided, the user's
		   public keyring is used.

     --version	   Print the version information from the libnetpgp(3) library.

     In addition to one of the preceding commands, a number of qualifiers or options may be

     --cipher cipher-algorithm
		   Specify the cipher to be used for symmetric encryption.  The default cipher is

     --hash hash-algorithm
		   Specify the hash algorithm which is used during fingerprint calculation.  For
		   reference, at the present time, ssh-keygen(1) uses ``MD5'' for its fingerprint

     --homedir home-directory
		   Keyrings are normally located, for historical reasons, within the user's home
		   directory in a subdirectory called ``.gnupg'' and this option specifies an
		   alternative location in which to find that sub-directory.

     --keyring keyring
		   This option specifies an alternative keyring to be used.  All keyring opera-
		   tions will be relative to this alternative keyring.

     --numbits numbits
		   specifies the number of bits to be used when generating a key.  The default
		   number of bits is 2048.  This is considered the absolute minimum which should
		   be chosen at the time of writing (2009).  Due to advances in computing power
		   every year, this number should be reviewed, and increased when it becomes eas-
		   ier to factor 2048 bit numbers.

     --userid userid
		   This option specifies the user identity to be used for all operations.  This
		   identity can either be in the form of the full name, or as an email address.
		   Care should be exercised with these ways of specifying the user identity,
		   since the netpgpkeys utility has no way of verifying that an email address is
		   valid, or that a key belongs to a certain individual.  The trust for a signed
		   key is given by the other signers of that key.  The 16 hexadecimal digit user
		   identity should be used when specifying user identities - email addresses and
		   names are provided as aliases.

     --pass-fd=fd  This option is intended for the use of external programs which may like to use
		   the libnetpgp(3) library through the netpgpkeys interface, but have their own
		   ways of retrieving and caching the passphrase for the secret key.  In this
		   case, the netpgpkeys utility will read a line of text from the file descriptor
		   passed to it in the command line argument, rather than using its own methods
		   of retrieving the passphrase from the user.

     --verbose	   This option can be used to view information during the process of the
		   netpgpkeys requests.

     --ssh-keys    specifies that the public and private keys should be taken from the ssh(1)
		   host key files, usually found in /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key and
		   /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub for the private and public host keys.

     --coredumps   in normal processing, if an error occurs, the contents of memory are saved to
		   disk, and can be read using tools to analyse behaviour.  Unfortunately this
		   can disclose information to people viewing the core dump, such as secret keys,
		   and passphrases protecting those keys.  In normal operation, netpgpkeys will
		   turn off the ability to save core dumps on persistent storage, but selecting
		   this option will allow core dumps to be written to disk.  This option should
		   be used wisely, and any core dumps should be deleted in a secure manner when
		   no longer needed.

     It is often useful to be able to refer to another user's identity by using their netpgpkeys
     ``fingerprint''.  This can be found in the output from normal --list-keys and --list-sigs

     The pass phrase cannot be changed by netpgpkeys once it has been chosen, and will be used
     for the life of the key, so a wise choice is advised.  The pass phrase should not be an eas-
     ily guessable word or phrase, or related to information that can be gained through ``social
     engineering'' using search engines, or other public information retrieval methods.

     getpass(3) will be used to obtain the pass phrase from the user if it is needed, such as
     during signing or encryption, or key generation, so that any secret information cannot be
     viewed by other users using the ps(1) or top(1) commands, or by looking over the shoulder at
     the screen.

     Since the public and private key pair can be used to verify a person's identity, and since
     identity theft can have far-reaching consequences, users are strongly encouraged to enter
     their pass phrases only when prompted by the application.

     The netpgpkeys utility will return 0 for success, 1 if the file's signature does not match
     what was expected, or 2 if any other error occurs.

     % netpgpkeys --ssh-keys --sshkeyfile=/etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub --list-keys --hash=md5
     1 key
     pub 1024/RSA (Encrypt or Sign) fcdd1c608bef4c4b 2008-08-11
     Key fingerprint: e935 902d ebf1 76ba fcdd 1c60 8bef 4c4b
     uid	      osx-vm1.crowthorne.alistaircrooks.co.uk (/etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub) <root@osx-vm1.crowthorne.alistaircrooks.co.uk>

     % ssh-keygen -l -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub
     1024 e9:35:90:2d:eb:f1:76:ba:fc:dd:1c:60:8b:ef:4c:4b /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub (RSA)

     The following is an example of RSA key generation:

     % netpgpkeys --generate-key
     netpgp: default key set to "C0596823"
     pub 2048/RSA (Encrypt or Sign) 5bc707d1b495aaf2 2010-04-14
     Key fingerprint: 08cb 4867 eeed 454c ce30 610d 5bc7 07d1 b495 aaf2
     uid	      RSA 2048-bit key <agc@localhost>
     netpgp: generated keys in directory /home/agc/.gnupg/5bc707d1b495aaf2
     % ls -al /home/agc/.gnupg/5bc707d1b495aaf2
     total 8
     drwx------  2 agc	agc   512 Apr 13 18:25 .
     drwx------  6 agc	agc   512 Apr 13 18:25 ..
     -rw-------  1 agc	agc   596 Apr 13 18:25 pubring.gpg
     -rw-------  1 agc	agc  1284 Apr 13 18:25 secring.gpg
     % netpgpkeys --list-keys --home ~/.gnupg/5bc707d1b495aaf2
     1 key
     pub 2048/RSA (Encrypt or Sign) 5bc707d1b495aaf2 2010-04-14
     Key fingerprint: 08cb 4867 eeed 454c ce30 610d 5bc7 07d1 b495 aaf2
     uid	      RSA 2048-bit key <agc@localhost>


     netpgp(1), ssh(1), ssh-keygen(1), getpass(3), libnetpgp(3), ssl(3), zlib(3)

     The netpgpkeys utility is designed to conform to IETF RFC 4880.

     The netpgpkeys command first appeared in NetBSD 6.0.

     Ben Laurie, Rachel Willmer, and overhauled and rewritten by Alistair Crooks
     <agc@NetBSD.org>.	This manual page was also written by Alistair Crooks.

BSD					 November 4, 2010				      BSD

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