PATATT - DKIM-like cryptographic patch attestation

patatt {sign,validate,genkey,install-hook} [options]

This tools allows cryptographically signing patches sent via email by using DKIM-like message headers. This approach is both effective and doesn't interfere with other code review tools the way inline or detached PGP signatures do. For a full overview of core concepts and considerations, please see README.

If you already have a PGP key configured for signing git tags or commits, then you should be able to use patatt without any additional configuration. Try running the following in any git repository:

git format-patch -1 --stdout | patatt sign

If patatt is not finding your PGP key, try adding the following to your ~/.gitconfig:


signingkey = [yourkeyid]

To find out your keyid, run gpg --list-secret-keys. If you want to use a specific subkey, you can specify the subkey ID with a ! at the end.

If you use git-send-email for sending patches, then you can get them automatically signed via the sendemail-validate hook. To install, run the following command in the repository you want enabled for signing:

$ patatt install-hook

Or you can install it manually:

$ echo 'patatt sign --hook "${1}"' >> .git/hooks/sendemail-validate
$ chmod a+x .git/hooks/sendemail-validate

  • sign: sign stdin or RFC2822 files passed as arguments
  • validate: basic validation for signed messages
  • genkey: generate a new ed25519 keypair
  • install-hook: install sendemail-validate hook in the current repository

You can run patatt [subcommand] --help to see a summary of flags for each subcommand.

Please email with support requests.

License: MIT-0

The Linux Foundation and contributors

2022-08-22 0.6.0