[messaging] "Pseudoword" base32 fingerprints

John-Mark Gurney jmg at funkthat.com
Sat Feb 8 11:40:53 PST 2014

Trevor Perrin wrote this message on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 at 22:48 -0800:
> If anyone wants to do UX research, these would be great projects...

Oh, just ran into this when I ssh'd to a new host...  I didn't check the
fingerprints because it was a local host, and I ssh'd in once from one
machine, and saw the finger print, but then I ssh'd from a different
machine (both on the local network) and was like, why is the finger
print different!?!  Oh, it's because one was ECDSA and the other was RSA,
but they were both presented in the exact same format:
RSA key fingerprint is 66:2f:d4:22:36:ee:a7:2b:0f:96:99:15:8b:ad:10:27.
ECDSA key fingerprint is a5:37:b7:15:ee:c9:e2:0b:13:f7:7f:c0:a6:74:cc:73.

Better format would at least be:
Key Fingerprint is RSA:66:2f:d4:22:36:ee:a7:2b:0f:96:99:15:8b:ad:10:27.

at least now the key type is part of the fingerprint and easier to
realize the type...

  John-Mark Gurney				Voice: +1 415 225 5579

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