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- n. The public one of the two keys used in asymmetric cryptography.
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I just recently added the entire 850KB public key ring form one of the key servers to my local public key ring.
The problem is that while public key exchange does not require a secure channel (eavesdropping is not a problem) it does require a tamper-proof channel (key-substitution is a problem).
To do this, extract your public key to an ASCII file (using the "- kxa" option) after you have generated your key pair.
For example, my entry in the public key ring now appears as follows if you use the "- kvv" command: