It has been a week since my last blog post, so it is time for an update.
I successfully tested my OX client against an experimental Gajim plugin written by Philip Hörist. Big thanks for his help during the testing 🙂
My implementation can now backup the users secret key in a private PubSub node, as well as restore it from there. This was vastly useful during testing, as I don’t have a persistent store implementation yet.
My next steps will be to implement a solution to persisting keys, as well as some kind of trust management. Florian suggested to implement the TOFU (trust on first use) trust model.
PGPainless has a key selection strategy which selects keys based on the UID. I will have to change this to use key fingerprints instead, as I noticed that a user firstname.lastname@example.org could publish a key with her own uid, as well as the uid of email@example.com. In that case my implementation would encrypt the message to mallorys key as well, as it also has juliets uid. Going with fingerprints instead makes the system more secure.
XEP-0373 had some typos and was missing some examples, for which I submitted fixes. One change I made is a breaking change, so we have to see, whether it will be merged in the next days, or delayed to be merged together with later breaking modifications.
That’s it for now 🙂