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Re: Trust and Transitivity
I agree, trust is transitive.
When looking at the trust relationships in a system you need to
consider whether you have transitive closure. This is especially
true for "certificates."
At 04:53 PM 5/22/97 -0700, Tony Bartoletti wrote:
>Ed Gerck wrote "However, trust is not transitive."
>I believe that, functionally speaking, trust IS transitive, in as much as we
>speak to the limited domains of trust represented by signed (auth tag) certs.
>When I sign your key with the tag X, I am saying that I trust you to be
>(honest, knowledgeable, use-good-judgement) in matters of X. I may not
>trust Khaddafi in such matters, or think that I do not, but if YOU do and
>you are basing your actions on his behalf, than I am implicitly trusting
>Khaddafi. Had I known that you get your direction from Khaddafi, I might
>not have placed trust in you in the first place, but that is a another issue.
>My two cents.