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Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 19:10:58 -0300
From: "Gustavo De Nardin (spuk)" <>
Subject: Re: OpenSSH key blacklisting

* Solar Designer <> [2008-05-17 01:58 +0400]:
> On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 05:10:43PM -0300, Gustavo De Nardin (spuk) wrote:
> > If this is going to be accepted as a more general solution, it'd be good to
> > allow also for local, admin-maintened, blacklists, not just upstream
> > maintened (and automatically updated).
> I agree that this might be desirable functionality, but unfortunately it
> has a price - we'd have to maintain two file parsers and lookup
> algorithms (perhaps binary and indexed, and text and sequential) or an
> additional program to update the binary file.  (If we only create the
> binary file ourselves, then that program can be a quick hack - maybe
> even a Perl script.)
> Has there been any demand for such blacklists, prior to the Debian issue
> coming up?  If not, then this additional feature is probably not worth
> implementing right away.

Not that I know of. I just imagined somewhere could have a policy like "all
keys must have X bits" or ".. X or larger" X being a non-default size. So
even if the database would be customized to have the extra keys,
auto-upgrading it (which would be desirable) could be a problem. Not a big
deal to me, personally.

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