GnuPG 1.0.2b -- transient failure adding subkey
richw at webcom.com
Wed Sep 6 12:57:11 CEST 2000
I'm using FreeBSD 4.1-RELEASE. I built GnuPG 1.0.2b with the config-
uration option "--with-included-gettext". I made the executable binary
setuid-root, in order to allow it to use secure memory.
First, the good news. I was able to update my existing GnuPG key to
remove the expiration date from the main key (while keeping expiration
info on the subkeys).
Also, after creating a new key (with no expiration date), I was able
to add an expiration date to the subkey (while keeping the main key
Now, the bad news. I tried to add a new subkey to an existing key,
and during the random byte generation stage, the program failed with:
gpg: fatal: out of secure memory while allocating 4228 bytes
secmem usage: 11168/12576 bytes in 7/11 blocks of pool 13344/16384
FWIW, I tried repeating the same steps again, but it worked OK the
second time. I then imported the new key (with its two subkeys, each
one with a different expiration date, but no expiration date on the
main key) into PGP 5.0, and it appears to have survived uncorrupted.
Rich Wales richw at webcom.com http://www.webcom.com/richw/
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