Use of non-user readable (null password) private keys

Christopher Linn celinn at
Tue Mar 27 23:56:27 EST 2001

On Tue, Mar 27, 2001 at 03:37:50PM +0200, Markus Friedl wrote:
> many ppl are confused by private/public distinction
> and are starting to change permissions for all kind
> of files. however it's a bad idea to have the private
> key group or world readable, this is why openssh ignore
> the key. perhaps we should allow group-readable private keys?


this is like saying "it is OK to share your password with your
friends"...  do you give out copies of your house and car keys
to a dozen of your friends?!?

> but i really don't like the idea.

good  ;*)


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