[p2p-hackers] ease of use in a decentralized communication system

Bill Cox bill at billrocks.org
Fri Jun 23 19:09:44 UTC 2006

Well, if you already have a DHT running, why not allow users to publish
their public keys using their e-mail address as the key?

On Fri, 2006-06-23 at 17:51 +0530, K.S.Sreeram wrote:
> Hi All
> As I had mentioned in my earlier post, I'm working on a decentralized
> communication system, where every user is identified by his RSA key. A
> DHT is used to map the user's public key to his network location (ip
> address). A user's contact list basically is just a list of public keys.
> It has a pretty easy to use GUI, where I can just right click on any
> contact and choose 'Remote Desktop', and I get a secure NAT/firewall
> friendly VNC session established. Similarly secure chat and filetransfer
> are available too.
> One of the biggest stumbling blocks that will hinder mass adoption of
> this product is the fact that users need to manually exchange their
> public keys (e.g thru email), before they can communicate with each other.
> I'm at a loss of ideas on how to tackle this problem. Right now i'm
> contemplating having a central key-server (some what like pgp key
> servers), which is used to fetch public keys when a user adds contacts.
> This is probably the simplest approach, but it does break the technical
> purity of a 'completely decentralized system'.
> Does anybody have any ideas on how this ease-of-use problem can be solved?
> Regards
> Sreeram
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