PGP is short for "Pretty Good Privacy". It is a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication. PGP is often used for signing, encrypting and decrypting texts, E-mails, files, directories and whole disk partitions to ...

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Use GnuPG to verify if specified user signed file

To verify if file is signed correctly we use command: gpg --verify <file_name> and the output shows if file is signed correctly. And if it is, then signer name is shown. But is there ...
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What are the Consequences of OpenPGP Key Collisions?

In this answer to GPG keys & SHA-1, there's the sentence: However, since PGP keys are usually generated by their users, collision attacks are not a problem. They might conceivably be a problem ...
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GnuPG asks for a key ID when sharing my public key, what is that?

I generated a public key using GnuPG. I can see it using --list-keys $ gpg --list-keys /Users/mertnuhoglu/.gnupg/pubring.gpg ------------------------------------- pub 4096R/CB3AF6E6 2015-12-24 ...
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Is there something like a portable GnuPG keychain?

When encrypting or decrypting documents on a computer that isn't my daily driver I need to import my key to the keychain, do the encrypt/decrypt then remove the keychain and from the computer. As a ...
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GnuPG + Yubikey 4: How to manually check that all keys are where they belong (on the Yubikey only)?

I created a GnuPG RSA master-key and 3x RSA subkeys (sign,encrypt,authenticate). Of course I want all key material to be stored solely on the Yubikey 4 - as they are only my 3 subkeys. Since I use ...
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Yubikey: How is the OpenPGP key secured by PIN and passphrase?

Using the Yubikey 4 as an OpenPGP smartcard with GnuPG: How is the user PIN and user passphrase secured? In case a sophisticated attacker with physical access to the Yubikey 4 manages to physicaly ...
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GnuPG + Yubikey: Can a trojan extract any secret key or sensitive information?

When using GnuPG with a Yubikey 4 on a Laptop for e-mail communication: Can a trojan extract any secret key or sensitive information? If so, what information would that be?
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Do I need separate revocation certificates for each email address associated with a key?

I just created my first OpenPGP key with GnuPG + Thunderbird + Enigmail. The key is used for two email addresses. Now I created a revocation certificate. There is only on of the email addresses ...
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What are the problems with uploading client-side encrypted keys to keybase.io?

I was just reading some articles about keybase.io: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/keybase-wants-bring-encryption-masses-heres/ http://blog.lizdenys.com/2014/03/31/refusing-to-verify-myself/ And I'm ...
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Is there use for GPG/PGP for casual people who are simply concerned for their privacy?

GPG seems to be something that would be important to people who communicate to a particular person and have to keep their privacy and/or security. But what if I'm just a casual user who's aware that ...
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PGP 'forced entry' decode (steganography?)

This was originally posted by me on stackoverflow but was deemed too generic. It does seem like an impossible thing to do, but: you know when you have your perimeter alarm system you usually get ...
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Signing UIDs which do not belong to a RL person with full name

Sometimes I am asked to sign pseudonymous UIDs or see PGP keys which belong to organizations rather than single persons. These, by nature, do not contain the name of a real life person; hence there is ...
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How do I protect my OpenPGP key on my computer?

How do I protect my OpenPGP key on my computer? If I make a backup of my private key I will keep it secure, but if someone gets access to my computer he/she will can get all my keys through Kleopatra ...
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Automatically finding and fetching signature paths from own key to target

This is a question about usage of Web of Trust. Let's suppose I've just generated a key pair and attended one or two Key Signing Parties. That gave me ~10 signatures on my public key, some of which ...
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What happens if an OpenPGP subkey gets compromised?

In my GnuPG keyring, I have a primary key for creating keys and three subkeys: two for encryption and one for signing. All of then have the same password. If a subkey gets compromised, is it possible ...
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Sign GnuPG master key with own X.509 certificate?

Can I use a trusted X.509 digital certificate to facilitate the expansion of my personal web of trust? To be more specific: Can I use my X.509 certificate to sign my personal GnuPG master key? Will ...
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Using 8192 bit keys GPG [duplicate]

I am interested in generating 8192 bit keys out of curiosity. I know that 4096 bit keys is the maximum key strength that is recommended, but I would like to know how to increase the size. I have ...
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Is it a good idea to use an OpenPGP key that has no password?

I'm tarballing and compressing backup files of my system configuration, and other important stuff. The process of tarballing, compressing and encrypting happens every time rsnapshot changes something ...
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Using the middle name instead of first name for OpenPGP?

I'm just getting started with OpenPGP. I've generated a key, talking to (very few) friends involved with the technology. But I have a concern: I go by my middle name (with all emails, friends, etc.) ...
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Best way to keep private PGP keys?

What is the most secure way to store my private PGP keys?
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Receiving mails with strange PGP Key ID

I have received encrypted emails which I can not decrypt because the key used for encryption seems not to be correct. Usually I have a key ID with 8 hex characters. This key can be found on public ...
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Lost my PGP private key, what's next?

I have created a PGP key using GPGTools, and published it a while ago. Things are: I have no longer access to my secret key. Indeed, I unfortunately formatted the wrong drive (encryption was and is ...
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How do we 'initiate' mail exchange with PGP

I am totally new with PGP, and I would like to know how I can initiate a mail exchange with it. I created my public/private keys, and posted my private key on the MIT PGP Public Key Server. I can ...
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Is it possible to protect the emails and calendar in an Exchange server against own Exchange administrators?

We have our Exchange server in a remote site administered by an external provider. We would like to avoid the possibility of provider employees to access the email and calendar of critical accounts in ...
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What's the chance of two PGP keys being exactly identical?

In the real world, millions of PGP keys are created every day, what is the probability (chance) of creating two identical keys? In different places, by different people?
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How is the signing of an OpenPGP public key realized technically?

I recently have signed the public OpenPGP key of a friend of mine. Curious to see, which effect this would have on the actual key, I compared the key before and after signing it. What I found was that ...
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Why are pgp keys limited to a number of bits?

I am wondering : why does pgp keys have a fixed number of bits. They can be 2048,4096, but why not 56000 or 23 bits ? Is there a specification, or ISO, that was made to limit thoses Keys. Why? If a ...
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GnuPG decryption not asking for passphrase

I've some stuff encrypted with GnuPG using gpg -e. When I decrypt them, the system does not ask for the passphrase, it decrypts it straight away. Does it store the secret key somewhere and uses it (I ...
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What would happen if a public key server is compromised?

What would happen if in someway a public key server, let's say the MIT PGP key server, was compromised and some keys would be edited to an attacker's public key? Is this even possible? Would that be ...
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PGP on Dark Net Markets: What threats does it control?

Most Dark Net Markets (Agora, Nucleus, etc.) recommend that customers use PGP when communicating with vendors, particularly when sending their address. The vendor's public key is presented publicly on ...
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PGP Key Servers Verification Mail? [duplicate]

Why do existing PGP key servers not perform e-mail verification? Wouldn't it help the problem of authenticating of public keys? By e-mail verification/confirmation I mean a single e-mail sent to the ...
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GPG (PGP) decryption speed issue

We are new to using GPG and we have a very strange issue with decryption speed when using RSA keypairs, which are generated by using different tools (GPG for Windows, DidiSoft OpenPGP Library for .NET ...
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My OpenPGP private keys are set up with sub-keys. What happens if I revoke a sub-key and re-issue a new one?

I have set up my OpenPGP keys with sub-keys, following the general instructions laid out in "Creating the perfect GPG keypair." The general gist is that you create a "master keypair" which is not ...
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Should I revoke & regenerate PGP private keys after computer is serviced by Apple Store?

I recently had an issue with my MacBook where it wouldn't boot. So I took it in to the apple store, and they said that they would need to send it off to a service center to diagnose and repair it. I ...
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PGP's -cw option in GnuPG

I am new to PGP and am going through the book. I have GnuPG on my OS X. I've been through the man pages for GnuPG and to encrypt files the following is instructed: ...
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Should I add picture(s) to my OpenPGP key?

I'm toying with the idea of creating a pair of OpenPGP keys, and I'm wondering if I should include a picture or two. I know it will make my key a lot bigger, but is it still worth it? I'm thinking of ...
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How to verify signature while downloading log4j?

From the log4j download page. The PGP signatures can be verified using PGP or GPG. First download the KEYS as well as the asc signature file for the relevant distribution. Make sure you get these ...
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How to verify email addresses in GnuPG UIDs?

I have been reading up on key signing policies and best practices. Something I have been unable to figure out is how to verify the email address attached to a UID of a GnuPG key. I can verify the ...
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Are 21 characters enough to restore a PGP key?

The german e-mail hoster web.de offers PGP encryption with Mailvelope now. To transfer your private key to another browser, you can use a 21 characters long recover key. How does this affect the ...
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Is it safe to use same key pair to encrypt and sign? [duplicate]

Would it be easier to hack a private key by having multiple encrypted and/or signed messages from the same person than having only encrypted or only signed messages? Should I use one private key to ...
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Is there any information I shouldn't include in questions about GnuPG aside from my private key?

There are many questions I have about GnuPG, but what stops me asking is knowing that I may add output to a question that I shouldn't release publicly. Is it a risk to paste in the result of gpg ...
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Using ECC for PGP-Master Key in combination with Yubikey

I acquired a Yubikey Neo last month. Now I want to use the Smart-Card functionality for PGP. I followed the official guides on the Yubico Website tested it with 2048 RSA Keys and it worked fine. But ...
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How to verify an OpenPGP key's ownership?

I've added the public key of Diceware creator (please use it as a practical example), I've added it by downloading diceware.wordlist.asc, and I didn't have his key and couldn't immediately find it to ...
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GnuPG - Problems with large RSA keys

I have read that GnuPG limits the size of RSA keys to 4096-bits because this could lead to problems with running out of secure memory. But in which operation is this the case? Generating the keys? ...
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Why is encryption (or signing) of long lines in E-Mails with PGP problematic?

I am using Thunderbird with Enigmail and OpenPGP to encrypt and/or sign E-Mails. On many occasions Enigmail complains that I have too long lines in the mail and asks how it should wrap them. However ...
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What do the terms used in OpenPGP keyserver SKS mean? (sig, sbind, sig3, exp2, Policy, …)

When viewing a key record in a public key server, such as this one, there are lots of keywords used: sig, sig3, exp3, Policy, sbind…). I understand that "sig" probably means a signature, but what's ...
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Multiple OpenPGP encryption keys signed by a single certificatation key?

Say I have several different email accounts and I want to use a different encryption key for each of them but still have them all certified under one identity. Is this a good idea and how would I do ...
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Chaining multiple PGP keys

I would like to know the practical limitations to contact chaining multiple peoples pgp key's in order to protect a file. In normal public key cryptography, four keys are required, public and private ...
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Do I need to revoke both my OpenPGP primary key and subkey?

After creating an OpenPGP key pair in GnuPG, if I list keys with gpg --list-keys, I get (GnuPG default): /someone/.gnupg/pubring.gpg ------------------------ pub 2048R/BC589B05 2015-07-15 uid ...
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What to do with a PGP/GPG key to which I've lost the private key?

I created a private key with an Android app I'm no longer using. I had uploaded the public key to the keyservers without setting an expiry date. I later deinstalled that app, and deinstalling ...