Strengthening a curated web of trust in a geographically distributed project

Gunnar E. Wolf, Gina Gallegos-García

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis. In this article the authors present a trust management scheme, derived from the horizontal and almost anarchic web of trust model, but following a curatorship step that allows it to become a centerpiece for authentication in Debian, one of the largest and longest lived free software projects and producer of the eponymous GNU/Linux software distribution. This is done by analyzing the experience gained through a large-scale key migration process that spanned five years and nearly 100% of the originally existing keys, carried out attempting to minimize loss of keyring connectivity and strength, while keeping up to date with the best current security practices.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)459-475
Number of pages411
StatePublished - 3 Sep 2017


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