Does GnuGP have a Self Decrypting Archive?

Rodney Thayer rodney at
Wed Dec 6 12:42:47 CET 2000

If you send people a detached sigature and an executable
then they can check before executing.  There are lots of reasons
you want a self-extracting executable (like the 30 million lame
directories that Linux wants shell scripts dropped in...)

So... while indiscriminately executing random executables is
a Very Bad Thing, being able to self-extract an encrypted blob
can be quite useful.

At 06:39 PM 12/5/00 +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
>"Pisciotta, Steve (AZ75)" <steve.pisciotta at> writes:
> > I was wondering if GnuGP have a Self Decrypting Archive? I couldn't find
> > anything in the literature.
>No. Distributing self-decrypting executables is nothing but a bad
>joke: Either the recipient is able to check the integrity (which means
>he's got access to a real crypto tool and you could use this one from
>the start), or he isn't, and he has to run a program which maybe has
>been tampered with during transmission---oops.

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