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Want to get your GPG Key
signed? You MUST follow
the diretions below BEFORE
the March 17th meeting or you
will not be included in the
Pizza Bought Through
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Where: Nail Technical Center, San Antonio College (north of down town S.A.), room 025 (in basement) or look for signs.
When: Date listed above, 7pm
Subject(s): Formal subjects below, plus what ever people bring in to play with... :)
- March 2008 GPG/PGP Keysigning Party! Overseen By: Tweeks (7501 52F1) and Richard D. (BFF5 9098)
After last month's THREE super GPG/Crypto-Filesystems presentations, we're picking up where we left off and holding a keysigning party! :) We only do these every few years, so you might not get this chance again.
Although the meeting is a ways off (~2 weeks as of this writing), there are some
preparations that YOU need to take care of NOW on your home Linux/UN*X/Windowz
machine(s) before you can even participate in this next meeting's keysigning event! So
don't come to the next XCSSA meeting expecting to get your GPG key signed without
first following the steps below!
PREPARE FOR KEYSIGNING NOW:
(Must Read These Steps)
To prepare for the keysigning party, each of you who want your own signed keys
(for email, digital signatures, file encryption, etc) must first do the
Step#1 Make your key pair (public and private):
NOTE: Skip this step if you already have a GPG keypair.
Step#2 Armor & Email your public key to the Key-signing party coordinators:
You can create your key pair either with the KDE app KGPG or via the
command line via opengpg. From the command line, it will look something like this:
Suggestions when making your keypair:
$ gpg –gen-key
- print out your name/key-info/key-fingerprint (see further down in Step#3)
- use DSA/El-Gamal keys
- make the El-Gamal key 4096 bits long
- make the lifetime 5 years unless you attend lots of keysigning
- also create a revocation certificate and save it in a safe place (separate from your keys)
- remember your key pair's passphrase, but never write it down anywhere
WARNING: Never forget the passphrase that you use to create your key pair.
This is needed for you to be able to actually USE your GPG based apps later.
Export your public key with gpg to an ascii armored file like this:
Step#3 Bring Yourself, Fingerprint Printout & ID to Keysigning Party to Get Validated & Signed:
or from the kgpg GUI client:
$ gpg --armor --export email@example.com > my-pub-key.asc
- Right click on your keypair
- Click "Export Public Key(s)"
- it will save your pub-key out to an .asc (test) file.
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the public key that you made,
attached as an .asc (ascii armor) file.
The "email@example.com" address will go to both myself and Richard
D. and we will use it to build a "participant list" that we will
print out and hand out to each participant at the party.
Show up at the XCSSA sponsored keysigning party on March 17th and
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE KEY SIGNING MEETING:
bring with you:
- Two forms of picture ID (a driver's license and passport are good Key ID)
NOTE: DO NOT bring a SSN card, or other personally sensitive documents!
- Your Key Info & Fingerprint Printed on Paper:
Bring a single sheet of paper printed out listing your key type, size,
and Hex Fingerprint Info. For Example:
Thomas W. Weeks
5A27 DABA EEBC 63A5 2A46 0D78 2757 662F 7501 52F1
NOTE: It is critical that you bring the info above printed out, or you
will not be able to participate!
- A Pen/Pencil (to check off everyone's key-fingerprints)
- DO NOT bring a computer
You should each have brought WITH you a print out of your
Name/Type/Fingerprint info with you. It and your photo ID is what allows us
all to verify you and your key physically. If you don't bring your key-fingerprint
printout with you, you can't participate and get signed with the rest of us.
Please don't forget.
As we get started (after we order pizza of course) Richard and I will give
each of you a print out listing all the expected participants listing their name,
key info and key-fingerprint (like this). This handout is created from each participant's actual keys that you each emailed to Richard and I (via firstname.lastname@example.org). So before we get started, each of you will have a name/fingerprint participant
list in hand, your own Name/Key-Info/Fingerprint sheet that you brought with you to show to others, as well as your two forms of photo ID. We will then have each participant verbally read aloud, to the group, their printed name & key-fingerprint that we each brought with us. This will not only function as a roll-call, but will allow us to each check off the "Verbal F.Print Check" box next to each person's name/fingerprint on our participant sheet(s).
After all participants are verbal key-fingerprint verified, the participants
and coordinators will form a long single file line while holding their IDs in
front of them. The person at the head of the line walks down the line and
checks each person's ID. If their ID is correct and the person walking down
the line has a check next to the individual in the line's key-fingerprint
(verifying that they had said it was their key at the beginning of the
party), he places a second check mark on his list next to their
name/fingerprint "ID Check" box. Once a key has two check marks it can be signed by each
participant later from home. This process allows everyone to verify everyone
in a semi-orderly fashion.
KEY UPLOADING AND SIGNING:
After the keysigning party, Richard and I will both return home, sign and
upload each of your keys to the major key servers on the net and let you know
once it is complete so that you can each now go down your list and sign each participant's key
using your GPG app of choice (e.g. opengpg, kpgp, etc). After this, our web of trust is formed.
LATER, APPS TO CONFIGURE AT HOME:
After you get your key signed, you will want to configure apps such as KMail,
Thunderbird, KGPG and your system to USE said key(s). It's pretty straight
forward. Just email the list here if you have any questions or comments.
Okay... so to prepare.. get started with Step#1-3 above, and we'll see you at the meeting!
Other local user groups are ALWAYS more than welcome to attend our
No Charges or Dues...
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SYSTEMS THAT INTEREST US
Linux, BSD, Solaris/x86, UN*X/POSIX Systems
Power and Hybridized Amigas
BeBox/BeOS and other PPC60x/x86 powered platforms
Vintage Machines and Computer Antiques
Multi Platform/OS Emulation
Palmtop, Hybrid Portables, & other PDAs and portable platforms
Creative Networking Solutions
Custom hacked machines & project designs
[---Add YOUR favorite power system here!---]
"Open Forum" style SHOW & TELL! No old/new
business or minutes! Just a central theme focus
and free exchange of information!
TIME / DATE
- Monthly, every 3rd Mon. night
- 7pm (sharp-ish)
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In the Nail Technical Center
Above is a picture of the Nail Technical Center (north bound San Pedro seen in the left background).
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Our user group's members are not your
normal run of the mill geeks. We pride our-
selves in having a wide array of technical and IT
professionals who excel in their fields. I have found
that I can bring most any question to the group and get an
insightful answer, and thus, have begun pointing recruiters to our
members as a service to both. Feel free to contact the members below
for job history and resume information. They're a powerfully diverse resource!
"Published" User e-List
|Member Name||Email / Web / Resume ||Description |
|Randal Klint||Email / Web / --- ||Randal is a real entrepreneur! He owns his own software programming company, Endicore and does in-house X-otic systems programming on various OS' (including BeOS)! |
|Thomas Weeks||Email / Web / Resume||IT/Telecom-Geek. Solaris, Linux, NT/9x, Integrator Guru. Also President of XCSSA.|
|Nicholas Borko || --- / Web / Resume || A real Web/CGI/DB/Programming Guru! One of our remote members, but this guy really knows his stuff.|
|Randy Baker|| Email / Web / ---|| One of our Air Force guys, Amiga lover, and fellow geek. Now stationed in Germany until further notice. |
|John Baker||Email / Web / Resume||John Baker, "Super Geek Extraordinaire!" is a CS major with much expertise in hardware/firmware design, microkernel hacking, device driver writing and debugging, and much much more. Get him before someone else does!|
|| Emaili / Web / Resume
|| NT and 2000 expert with web development experience. Hot on network
implementation and accounting.
|Norma Durette||Email / --- / Resume || Norma likes working with RDMS, such as Oracle, in Linux and Windows. She is quick to learn new things and is constantly experimenting with things on her own. |
| -NOTE: We have more people in our group, it's just that not everyone wants to be advertized here or has an online resume/web page- |
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