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In PGP how can I be sure about the public key?

I was reading about Protonmail's system and I couldn't find an anwser to something. In PGP communication is encrypted using assymetric cryptography: public and private keys. If you want to send ...
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What does the 'Sign' and "Add to recipients' means in GPG keychain?

Hello everyone, I just newly get to know the existence of GPG keychain. After error and try I now understand most of the functions of this software . However the two checkbox in this picture remains ...
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Generate new key - ECC vs RSA

I intend to start using GnuPG again. I haven't used it for the last 2 years and was surprised that there is now the option for RSA and ECC keys. After reading a bit about ECC, it seems to me there is ...
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Generate subkeys based on less secure OpenPGP primary key

I've been reading about the benefits of using OpenPGP subkeys for different machines. Obviously, it's a much safer practice than copying around the same master key between multiple machines (...
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GPG why is my trusted key not certified with a trusted signature?

When I run gpg --verify ~/file.asc ~/file I receive the following: gpg: Signature made Tue 10 Dec 2016 05:10:10 AM EST using RSA key ID abcdefgh gpg: Good signature from "Alias (signing key) <...
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GPG Public Key changes after removing master key [closed]

Why does my gpg public key change after removing my master key (leaving just my subkeys) from the gpg key ring? I'm doing this so i can move my daily use keys (subkeys) to my online machine while ...
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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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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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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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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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Sharing RSA keys between PGP and SSH protocols: Does this pose a security risk?

If I generate a PGP subkey that only has the authentication capablity and use this to generate an SSH keypair to authenticate Git for example, does this pose a security threat? When I do, should I ...
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Do we need to same PGP version for decryption [closed]

Requirement: In our company Location A uses PGP encryption and sending data over internet. In Location B, we have to decrypt the file. Question is what do we require in Location B Do we need to ...
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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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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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When changing a PGP passphrase, does it only affect the private key?

I am beginning to use GPG for email encryption. If I use gpg --edit-key [keyID] to change the passphrase, what files will this affect? Will it only affect my private key, and thus I only need to ...
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Is it okay to sign a PGP key without an IRL meeting?

[PGP] can get paralyzed by excessive analness. — Phil Zimmermann Preamble I am in the process of building my own web of trust. That is, I want people (PGP users…) to be—fairly—sure that, by using ...
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Recognizing PGP-encrypted disks

I am studying various disk encryption schemes (such as PGP, MS Bit Locker, BestCrypt and TrueCrypt) on my Windows OS. I am interested to know how an encrypted partition/disk/file with a particular ...
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Why do PGP master keys only have a single subkey, and tie certification with signing by default?

After learning more about PGP subkeys and how to split apart the roles of (S)igning, (E)ncryption, (A)uthentication and (C)ertification, I discovered that in most cases(?) a default master key has a ...
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Potential issues with Kim Dotcom's new proposed “encrypted webmail service”

Just spotted a Reddit thread about Kim Dotcom, of MegaUpload fame, planning to produce a secure webmail system that allows people to communicate securely, without the worry of having their messages ...
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Is it reasonable to prevent timing attacks by using fixed processing time

I have systems that perform cryptographic operations within a SSL/TLS tunnel. My concern is that I may leak timing information when encrypting, decrypting, or hashing. Part 1 Is it a good idea to ...
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PGP Secret Key Values calculation

I know this is somewhat counterintuitive, but: Does anyone know of any place where I might get intermediate values from PGP when it decrypts the secret values of the Secret Key packets and shows ...
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Is your PGP passphrase used to decrypt an encrypted private key, or needed in conjunction with the private key to decrypt the message?

If the former, then if the private key can be used to digitally sign messages, why doesn't your client offer to encrypt this highly sensitive piece of data? If the latter, then if someone had access ...
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OpenPGP: Sign-Verify workflow without Encrypt-Decrypt?

Is it a good and/or frequent practice to sign a file (with your own private key) without encrypting it (with the intended recipient's public key?) I haven't really been able to find a direct answer to ...
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Is Data Object on openPGP smartcard v2 encrypted?

currently I thinking about on-the-fly disk encryption using Truecrypt/dmcrypt LUKS with key stored on smartcard. I would like to use openPGP v2 smart card, respectively GPF Cryptostick which is based ...
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Generate a PGP key with more than 4096 bits?

I would like to know if generating a PGP key with a number of bits higher than 4096 is possible and if so how?
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How does PGP differ from S/MIME?

Is S/MIME an abstracted system for general MIME type encryption, whereas PGP is more for email? Why would I want to choose one over the other, or can I use both at the same time?
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Flaw in encryption through pseudorandom number stream (from PGP documentation)

I was reading PGP docs and came upon a part written by Phil Zimmermann (PGP's creator) that piqued my curiosity: When I was in college in the early 70s, I devised what I believed was a brilliant ...
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self-signatures using SHA1

This page says: self-signatures must not use SHA1 You can check this by doing: gpg --export-options export-minimal --export <keyid> | gpg --list-packets |grep -A 2 signature|grep '...
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Use RSA keypair for PGP encryption and decryption

Is there a way that I can use a RSA keypair with PGP? What I mean is that I have 2048 length keypair and i want to use that to encrypt and decrypt data. But all I have found is that the PGP uses some ...
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Is the OpenPGP private key inherently password-protected?

I know I am required to enter a password every time I use my OpenPGP key. Is this done via software implementation or is it a property inherent to the protocol, and therefore the key? Essentially, ...
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Does my PGP key really need to match the e-mail address for which I'll be using it?

In considering whether or not I want to join the big web o' trust and put my keys on a key server, I got to thinking about how it would affect my e-mail address' exposure. I generally try to keep my ...
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Most widespread use of PGP after 20 years

Phil Zimmerman released PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) on June 5, 1991. As we examine the legacy of that far-sighted and brave act 20 years later, what are the most widespread and helpful uses of PGP ...
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Shouldn't GPG key fetching use a secure connection?

If I run this for example: gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 0xFBB75451 then does the importing occur in a secure way? I mean does it go over only secured connections? (HKP?) ...
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Generating OpenPGP key pair with restrictions

I intend to generate an OpenPGP RSA key pair where a part (~half) of the private key is as I specify, i.e. a specific string. Are there tools for generating a key pair with such restrictions, or will ...
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How does RSA encryption compare to PGP?

On this answer ck says RSA and PGP are different. What you are essentially asking is how do I run my petrol car on diesel? The answer is you can't. I would be interested in a more ...
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GnuPG/OpenPGP Key Practices

I'm looking for input on GnuPG (gpg) best practices. It's been discussed some on the gnupg-users mailing list, but I wanted to get as diverse a view as possible, so I thought to bring the topic to ...
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How should I distribute my public key?

I've just started to use GPG and created a public key. It is kind of pointless if no-one knows about it. How should I distribute it? Should I post it on my profile on Facebook and LinkedIn? How about ...