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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How to validate the confirmation link received when publishing a new PGP key?

I find PGP to be quite a complex subject. I have gotten to a point where I need to give a client a public key for encryption. I have successfully done my homework, generating a public key from my ...
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GPG master key without email address

I would like to create a new GPG key. Going through a couple of thread it seems like the most popular scheme for maximum security is to have an offsite master (sign-only) key which provides a shell ...
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How are PGP/GPG private keys stored?

The default format in which SSH private keys are stored is notably fairly insecure against bruteforce attacks. This question provides a very nice solution to the problem by encrypting SSH private keys ...
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Does a PGP signature provide integrity verification?

Many websites including OpenSSL's website provide downloads along with MD5/SHA1 checksums sometimes in addition to PGP signatures for the files. Simply put, do PGP signatures provide file integrity ...
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Why is GPG file encryption so much slower than other AES implementations?

Correct me if I'm wrong: When encrypting a file, GPG creates a one-off AES encryption key and encrypts that key using RSA. This is supposedly to take advantage of AES's superior performance when ...
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Is there anything standing in the way of email encryption going mainstream? [closed]

PGP has been around for almost 20 years, but email encryption is not used by most 'regular people'. At the moment, with Snowden's NSA revelations (which should not be a huge surprise to anyone), the ...
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When using PGP/GPG, is it safe to use the same public/private key pair on multiple computers for the same person?

It seems somewhat unsafe to move the private portion of one's key around to multiple machines...but it also seems odd to have multiple identities floating around.
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Location of passphrase digest in opengpg secring.gpg

I'm trying to understand the file format of the secring.gpg file. I couldn't really find any official documentation of the file format so I decided to create a new key-pair and use the S2K ...
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how to verify file signature by client PGP

Currently working on verifying and signing a file via GNUPG, given that I've already signed a file, given the clients the .sig and public key, is there a way for a client to verify the file without ...
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Is there an actual use for OpenPGP authentication keys?

The OpenPGP specification (RFC 4880) describes, page 34, the different capabilities that an OpenPGP key may have; including: 0x20 - This key may be used for authentication. In GnuPG, one of the ...
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What was so dangerous about PGP that its creator was charged in court for it?

I was reading up on the history of the PGP encryption software when I realised its creator was under criminal charges for munitions export without a license for releasing the source code of PGP. ...
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OpenPGP Master Key Size

Currently the default maximum key size is 4096. I know this can be changed by recompiling the software, and I don't mind doing that. My problem is about compatibility issues. It makes sense that some ...
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Threats against website running without TLS but with PGP messages

Are there any threats against a web site that isn't running SSL but uses PGP to encrypt all information to the server (except session identifier) The information flow is as such: 1. Session ID set on ...
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PGP-encrypted Email or SSL/TLS Webform for Responsible Disclosure Communication?

So it's a fairly simple question. When offering an avenue to security researchers for communication with us regarding disclosure of security vulnerabilities, what's the best way to do so? Assume we ...
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How can I verify the GPG signature is valid?

I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to be 100% sure that a GPG signature is valid. I'm not entirely sure how it all works, or the correct terminology, so forgive any lack of understanding. I ...
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Does RNG play a role in PGP signing?

We have a Jenkins system that builds and PGP-signs software releases, and we are considering moving the signing component to an isolated VM instead of running it as part of the overall builder ...
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Can I use elliptic curve DSA in a secure message service?

I'm looking to design a system that allows a user of a crypto-coin such as Bitcoin to both have an online wallet and to be able to send and receive encrypted emails in the same system. The relevant ...
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How to maintain security and trust with a PGP keypair for a team or group of people?

I've seen many instances where a company or organization generates and uses a PGP keypair for a team or group of people. Most likely they all have a copy of the private and public keys on their ...
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If I change my private key PGP passphrase, will the old private key+old passphrase work to decrypt already encrypted data?

Suppose I have a script that contains my PGP private key in plain text and requires me to manually type in the key passphrase to decrypt some data. Later, I decide that my passphrase is compromised ...
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Should generating gpg keys ever result in an identical key to an older key?

I recently had a situation where I lost an old private key (write error; realized this too late). In regenerating keys and replacing the public keys on various sites, I noticed that the public keys ...
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Which mail clients support PGP/MIME - is there an overview? [closed]

Does anyone know if there is a current overview (I only found ones from before 2006) which MUAs (mail clients) do support PGP/MIME? I wonder whether there still exist issues like "Outlook Express ...
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PGP keys varying only in attached signatures

Here is a few questions revolving around the same core problem. Let's say I generate a PGP keypair. I now get the keypair signed by person A at signing party X. In the evening, I give my now-signed ...
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Is a PGP revocation certificate sensitive?

In relation to an openpgp key on a smartcard: Besides revoking the key, is there anything else it can be (ab)used for? Can I just ensure it's reliably stored but not worry about it's confidentiality? ...
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What to do if you ever lose a smart card?

I want to use an OpenPGP smart card for signing releases, but I'm not sure what to do if I ever lose the card or it breaks. My idea is to generate the key using GnuPG on an isolated computer, ...
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Use same PGP key for private and business mail addresses [duplicate]

I'm asking myself which one is better: Use the same PGP key pair for use with both private email addresses and business email addresses Use two separate PGP key pairs, one for private and one for ...
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The best way to change my pgp key

I would like to change my pgp key because I have the same one 2 years ago. But, I want to warn my freinds that the owner of the old key and the owner of the new one is the same person (me). hwat is ...
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How (in)secure is POP/IMAP/SMTP

I'm making a few assumptions about basic email security, and I want to confirm or clarify some of these points to make sure I understand the big picture. Please correct me where I'm mistaken: The ...
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Pgp Private key storage on windows server advice

Looking for a bit of advice really, here's the situation: I currently have a security minded client who will be sending PGP encrypted files. I have to decrypt the files on my server before ...
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One public key contains all subkeys?

I've created a keypair with gpg2 --gen-key Then I created a subkey only for signing. If I clearly understand the process I have now 3 pub/priv pairs. The master, one for encrypting and one for ...
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Extracting the GPG userid from the Public key file?

Is it possible to extract userid from GPG public key? I got public key only and want to know to whom it might belong. I find one possible workaround — to publish this information on keyserver — it ...
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Are OpenPGP Robot key signers useful?

I've been thinking about building a web-based keysigning robot. Mostly I want to do this to dip my toes back into working with PGP after quite a few years of ignoring it. The robot I have in mind ...
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How can I recover a GPG private key from a PC which has died? [closed]

Long story short - PC with kleopatra processor died, and I only have a backup of my public key. I've gone into the HDD and tried to re-jig kleopatra in the hope it would remember everything for me on ...
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What is the most secure way to send emails using PGP?

I am a PGP beginner, having just downloaded GPG for OS X. I created my first pub/sec key for my email address and uploaded it to the public key server. GPG has several features available, namely: 1) ...
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OpenPGP keyserver URLs: what are typical or meaningful use-cases?

i'm getting re-acquainted with OpenPGP and noticed that GnuPG allows me to store a "preferred keyserver" URL in my keys: reuben@localhost:~$ gpg2 --edit-key 'Reuben NP Garrett ...
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Given a Gnupg Public / Private key pair, how can I identify the strength of the encryption used?

I have been using a key pair at home with gpg command line tool on Ubuntu, to encrypt password text files for a few years now. I no longer have any record of the type of encryption and bit length used ...
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Which signing key should I use for certifying other peoples public keys: master or subkey?

I have a Master Identity key (which is detached from my daily-use keyring) and both encryption and signing subkeys (all are RSA). I sign documents with the signing subkey: GnuPG selects this key ...
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Is is typical to create both x509 and OpenPGP key pairs?

I'm looking into increasing my use of signed and encrypted "things" - LibreOffice Documents, Off-the-record chat, PDFs, emails, etc. I'm finding that some things only support x509 format-certificates, ...
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Does an email signature increase security?

I'm using Thunderbird with Enigmail. It has both encrypt and sign options for sending PGP emails -- but why is an email signature needed? It just looks overkill to me! Alice and Bob can use PGP to ...
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Would PGP/GPG have been a better choice than SSL for browsers and http servers to encrypt traffic? [closed]

I was curious recently when I heard that SSL had supposedly been broken by a certain rogue government agency, why SSL was chosen in the first place. Could it be that PGP would have been a more secure ...
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Can I ask GPG keyservers to name all keys signed by a particular key?

Given the alleged possibility that an adversary might attempt to acquire my (OFFLINE) Secret Certification Key and Passphrase and sign other keys with it, including a key they made with my ...
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What is the purpose of 'Version:' in PGP public key

PGP public keys look something like -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (GNU/Linux) mQGiBEl2HAgRBAC9IZGQE3NRWFoXV7CcVRbo7xMe+nGPRMTOocA0pcv9N67R6CAZ ... -----END PGP PUBLIC ...
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What trust level should I give keys I need for encryption?

As I'm encrypting server backups, I typically install my public GPG key from a keyserver into me server's keyring: gpg --search-keys 6569758F I import the key into my keyring. I then attempt to ...
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Getting more users to use PGP [closed]

Does anyone know of browser Plugins that make Composing, sending, and reading email basically effortless? Mailvelope doesn't seem to be working with the floating compose boxes in Gmail currently. ...
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GPG good signature but Warning: untrusted signature

I'm having an issue with some of my clients being unable to open email attachments when I sign the messages. The error they get is something like (free translation): Error: cannot open. The ...
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Trustworthy Android recovery image that allows rooting?

I have an unlocked but not rooted Android device (Nexus 7 2013 WiFi "flo", legitimately unlocked using fastboot oem unlock from an x86 computer). Neither adb root nor adb shell followed by su let me ...
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What was the Lavabit's backdoors to their customers' e-mails? [closed]

There has been some talk about the Lavabit's case. New info was published today, but not important. I'd like to know how Lavabit worked. First I thought they just did something with OpenPGP. Then I ...
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PGP: Including your public key as a recipient? Any less secure?

I understand that when I send a message to my friend Bob using his public key, it's a 1 way encryption. However, if I add my own public key to the list of recipients, it allows me to later decrypt ...
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Why is compression done between hash function and encryption in pgp?

What are services of pgp? How is compression performed between hash function and encryption? How it can be applied in reality?
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What's the limit on the size of the data that public-key cryptos can handle?

Someone mentioned here that asymmetric encryption might not be appropriate for bulk data and gave an example of RSA with 100 bytes. Of course, I understand that it was a rough example. But it made me ...
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Is it possible to use a GPG or SSH key for web based authentication in a secure fashion?

Let's say hypothetically I am writing a web application targeting technically inclined, security-conscious users who have no problems generating and using GPG or SSH keys. Is it possible to use said ...