= D =
dead beef attack n.
[cypherpunks list, 1996] An attack
on a public-key cryptosystem consisting of publishing a key having
the same ID as another key (thus making it possible to spoof a
user's identity if recipients aren't careful about verifying
keys). In PGP and GPG the key ID is the last eight hex digits of
(for RSA keys) the product of two primes. The attack was
demonstrated by creating a key whose ID was 0xdeadbeef (see
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.