[Announce] GnuPG 1.4.11 released

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Mon Oct 18 13:33:51 CEST 2010

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new stable GnuPG-1
release: Version 1.4.11.  

The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) is GNU's tool for secure communication
and data storage.  It is a complete and free replacement of PGP and
can be used to encrypt data and to create digital signatures.  It
includes an advanced key management facility, samrtcard support and is
compliant with the OpenPGP Internet standard as described by RFC-4880.

Note that this version is from the GnuPG-1 series and thus smaller
than those from the GnuPG-2 series, easier to build and also better
portable.  In contrast to GnuPG-2 (e.g version 2.0.16) it comes with no
support for S/MIME or other tools useful for desktop environments.
Fortunately you may install both versions alongside on the same system
without any conflict.

What's New

    * Bug fixes and portability changes.
    * Minor changes for better interoperability with GnuPG-2.

Getting the Software

Please follow the instructions found at http://www.gnupg.org/download/
or read on:

GnuPG 1.4.11 may be downloaded from one of the GnuPG mirror sites or
direct from ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/ .  The list of mirrors can be
found at http://www.gnupg.org/mirrors.html .  Note, that GnuPG is not
available at ftp.gnu.org.

On the mirrors you should find the following files in the *gnupg*

  gnupg-1.4.11.tar.bz2 (3327k)

      GnuPG source compressed using BZIP2 and OpenPGP signature.

  gnupg-1.4.11.tar.gz (4603k)

      GnuPG source compressed using GZIP and OpenPGP signature.

  gnupg-1.4.10-1.4.11.diff.bz2 (205k)

      A patch file to upgrade a 1.4.10 GnuPG source tree.  This patch
      does not include updates of the language files.

Select one of them. To shorten the download time, you probably want to
get the BZIP2 compressed file.  Please try another mirror if
exceptional your mirror is not yet up to date.

In the *binary* directory, you should find these files:

  gnupg-w32cli-1.4.11.exe (1588k)

      GnuPG compiled for Microsoft Windows and OpenPGP signature.
      This is a command line only version; the source files are the
      same as given above.  Note, that this is a minimal installer and
      unless you are just in need for the gpg binary, you are better
      off using the full featured installer at http://www.gpg4win.org .

Checking the Integrity

In order to check that the version of GnuPG which you are going to
install is an original and unmodified one, you can do it in one of
the following ways:

 * If you already have a trusted version of GnuPG installed, you
   can simply check the supplied signature.  For example to check the
   signature of the file gnupg-1.4.11.tar.bz2 you would use this command:

     gpg --verify gnupg-1.4.11.tar.bz2.sig

   This checks whether the signature file matches the source file.
   You should see a message indicating that the signature is good and
   made by that signing key.  Make sure that you have the right key,
   either by checking the fingerprint of that key with other sources
   or by checking that the key has been signed by a trustworthy other
   key.  Note, that you can retrieve the signing key using the command

     finger wk ,at' g10code.com | gpg --import

   or using a keyserver like

     gpg --recv-key 1CE0C630

   The distribution key 1CE0C630 is signed by the well known key
   5B0358A2.  If you get an key expired message, you should retrieve a
   fresh copy as the expiration date might have been prolonged.


 * If you are not able to use an old version of GnuPG, you have to verify
   the SHA-1 checksum.  Assuming you downloaded the file
   gnupg-1.4.11.tar.bz2, you would run the sha1sum command like this:

     sha1sum gnupg-1.4.11.tar.bz2

   and check that the output matches the first line from the
   following list:

78e22f5cca88514ee71034aafff539c33f3c6676  gnupg-1.4.11.tar.bz2
bffb0c60b2e702980f7148ee3a060f29adc82331  gnupg-1.4.11.tar.gz
631b5129f918b7d30247ade8bcc27908951eaea0  gnupg-w32cli-1.4.11.exe
f17729146c18d9288005ac0d93489c333c729345  gnupg-1.4.10-1.4.11.diff.bz2


GnuPG comes with support for 28 languages.  Due to a lot of new and
changed strings some translations are not entirely complete.  The
Chinese (Simple and Traditional), Czech, Dutch, French, German,
Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish
translations are close to be complete.


Improving GnuPG is costly, but you can help!  We are looking for
organizations that find GnuPG useful and wish to contribute back.  
You can contribute by reporting bugs, improve the software, order
extensions or support or more general by donating money to the Free
Software movement (e.g. http://www.fsfeurope.org/help/donate.en.html).

Commercial support contracts for GnuPG are available, and they help
finance continued maintenance.  g10 Code GmbH, a Duesseldorf based
company owned and headed by gpg's principal author, is currently
funding GnuPG development.  We are always looking for interesting
development projects.

A service directory is available at:



We have to thank all the people who helped with this release, be it
testing, coding, translating, suggesting, auditing, administering the
servers, spreading the word or answering questions on the mailing

Happy Hacking,

  The GnuPG Team (David, Werner and the other contributors)

Die Gedanken sind frei.  Ausnahmen regelt ein Bundesgesetz.
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