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The infrastruture required to verify that some user is who they say they are, either by [PGP]'s WebOfTrust or a centralized certification infrastructure provided by a CertificationAuthority (or several). Also known as a [PKI].
There are many parts to the infrastruture:
* interoperability standards ([X509], [OpenPGP], [LDAP], etc.) so that different products can work together
-* software (for
s, [RobotCA] '
s, crypto-aware [
s such as EnigMail and
* servers ([KeyServer]s
, [ TimeStampServer
-* actual content (the
s and the WebOfTrust's signatures)
+* software (for KeyServer s, TimeStampServer s, [RobotCA]s, crypto-aware MailClient s such as [ ], [ ], etc.)
+* actual content (the PublicKey s and the WebOfTrust's signatures)
* social structure to support the software and content ([KeySigningParties|KeySigningParty], etc.), which is very often symbiotic with other social structures, often including [LUG]s.
The security of the PublicKeyInfrastructure is not uniform and for many of the players issues such as ease of use, price and reliability are much more important.