I am transitioning my GPG key from an old 1024-bit DSA key to a new 4096-bit RSA key. The old key will continue to be valid for some time but I prefer all new correspondence to be encrypted with the new key. I will be making all signatures going forward with the new key.
I have followed the excellent tutorial from Daniel Kahn Gillmor which also explains why this migration is needed. The only step that I did not execute is issuing a new certification for keys I have signed in the past. I did not find any search engine to tell me which key I have signed.
Here is the signed transition statement (stolen from Zack):
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA256,SHA1 I am transitioning GPG keys from an old 1024-bit DSA key to a new 4096-bit RSA key. The old key will continue to be valid for some time, but I prefer all new correspondance to be encrypted in the new key, and will be making all signatures going forward with the new key. This transition document is signed with both keys to validate the transition. If you have signed my old key, I would appreciate signatures on my new key as well, provided that your signing policy permits that without reauthenticating me. The old key, which I am transitional away from, is: pub 1024D/F22A794E 2001-03-23 Key fingerprint = 5854 AF2B 65B2 0E96 2161 E32B 285B D7A1 F22A 794E The new key, to which I am transitioning, is: pub 4096R/353525F9 2012-06-16 [expires: 2014-06-16] Key fingerprint = AEF2 3487 66F3 71C6 89A7 3600 95A4 2FE8 3535 25F9 To fetch the full new key from a public key server using GnuPG, run: gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-key 95A42FE8353525F9 If you have already validated my old key, you can then validate that the new key is signed by my old key: gpg --check-sigs 95A42FE8353525F9 If you then want to sign my new key, a simple and safe way to do that is by using caff (shipped in Debian as part of the "signing-party" package) as follows: caff 95A42FE8353525F9 Please contact me via e-mail at <email@example.com> if you have any questions about this document or this transition. Vincent Bernat firstname.lastname@example.org 16-06-2012 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.12 (GNU/Linux) iQIcBAEBCAAGBQJP3LchAAoJEJWkL+g1NSX5fV0P/iEjcLp7EOky/AVkbsHxiV30 KId7aYmcZRLJpvLZPz0xxThZq2MTVhX+SdiPcrSTa8avY8Kay6gWjEK0FtB+72du 3RxhVYDqEQtrhUmIY2jOVyw9c0vMJh4189J+8iJ5HGQo9SjFEuRrP9xxNTv3OQD5 fRTMUBMC3q1/KcuhPA8ULp4L1OS0xTksRfvs6852XDfSJIZhsYxYODWpWqLsGEcu DhQ7KHtbOUwjwsoiURGnjwdiFpbb6/9cwXeD3/GAY9uNHxac6Ufi4J64bealuPXi O4GgG9cEreBTkPrUsyrHtCYzg43X0q4B7TSDg27j0xm+xd+jW/d/0AlBHPXcXemc b+pw09qLOwQWbsd6d4bx22VXI75btSFs8HwR9hKHBeOAagMHz+AVl5pLXo2rYoiH 34fR1HWqyRdT3bCt19Ys1N+d0fznsZNFOMC+l23QyptOoMz7t7vZ6GbB20ExafrW +gi7r1sV/6tb9sYMcVV2S3XT003Uwg8PXajyOnFHxPsMoX9zsk1ejo3lxkkTZs0H yLZtUj3iZ3yX9e2yfv3eOxitR4+bIntEbMecnTI9xJn+33QTz/pWBqg9uDosqzUo UoQtc6WVn9x3Zsi7aneDYcp06ZdphgsyWhgiLIhQG9MAK9wKthKiZv8DqGYDOsKt WwpQFvns33e5x4SM4KxXiEYEARECAAYFAk/ctyEACgkQKFvXofIqeU5YLwCdFhEL P7vpUJA2zv9+dpPN5GLfBlcAn0mDGJcjJpYZl/+aXEnP/8cE0day =0QnC -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
For easier access, I have also published it in text format. You can check it with:
$ gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-key 95A42FE8353525F9 gpg: requesting key 353525F9 from hkp server keys.gnupg.net gpg: key 353525F9: "Vincent Bernat <email@example.com>" not changed gpg: Total number processed: 1 gpg: unchanged: 1 $ curl https://media.bernat.ch/files/key-transition-2012.txt | \ > gpg --verify
To avoid signing/encrypting with the old key who share the same email addresses than the new one, I have saved it, removed it from the keyring and added it again. The new key is now first in both the secret and the public keyrings and will be used whenever the appropriate email address is requested.
$ gpg --export-secret-keys F22A794E > ~/tmp/secret $ gpg --export F22A794E > ~/tmp/public $ gpg --delete-secret-key F22A794 sec 1024D/F22A794E 2001-03-23 Vincent Bernat <firstname.lastname@example.org> Delete this key from the keyring? (y/N) y This is a secret key! - really delete? (y/N) y $ gpg --delete-key F22A794E pub 1024D/F22A794E 2001-03-23 Vincent Bernat <email@example.com> Delete this key from the keyring? (y/N) y $ gpg --import ~/tmp/public gpg: key F22A794E: public key "Vincent Bernat <firstname.lastname@example.org>" imported gpg: Total number processed: 1 gpg: imported: 1 gpg: 3 marginal(s) needed, 1 complete(s) needed, classic trust model gpg: depth: 0 valid: 2 signed: 0 trust: 0-, 0q, 0n, 0m, 0f, 2u gpg: next trustdb check due at 2014-06-16 $ gpg --import ~/tmp/secret gpg: key F22A794E: secret key imported gpg: key F22A794E: "Vincent Bernat <email@example.com>" not changed gpg: Total number processed: 1 gpg: unchanged: 1 gpg: secret keys read: 1 gpg: secret keys imported: 1 $ rm ~/tmp/public ~/tmp/secret $ gpg --edit-key F22A794E […] gpg> trust […] Please decide how far you trust this user to correctly verify other users' keys (by looking at passports, checking fingerprints from different sources, etc.) 1 = I don't know or won't say 2 = I do NOT trust 3 = I trust marginally 4 = I trust fully 5 = I trust ultimately m = back to the main menu Your decision? 5 Do you really want to set this key to ultimate trust? (y/N) y
I now need to gather some signatures for the new key. If this is appropriate for you, please sign the new key if you signed the old one.