symmetric encryption broken

V. Alex Brennen vab at
Fri Mar 9 22:03:00 CET 2001

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On Fri, 9 Mar 2001, Nathan Johnson wrote:

> >What happens if you specify "a" (ascii armor) or "t" (text file)?
> Both fail, as does --textmode.
> gpg -a -z0 -c a
> gpg -a -z0 -c a.asc

Hi Nathan,

Are you sure you're just not misunderstanding how to reverse the
encryption with gnupg?

> gpg -a -z0 -c a

(Encrypt the ascii file a symmetrically with out any compression.)

> gpg -a -z0 -c a.asc

(Encrypt the ascii file a.asc symmetrically with out any compression.)

So you're encrypting twice above - but perhaps you where trying to
illustrate something and I missed it?

If you wanted to decrypt the PGP encrypted message/data in the file
a.asc you should use the command `gpg -d a.asc`.

> Mine doesn't have Idea installed, I don't know why.  I tried 3DES and Blowfish .

Because IDEA is patented.

> Mandrake something or other.  I'm contemplating installing SuSE 7.0 or debian,
> though.

Symmetric Encryption works fine for me.  I'm running gnupg 1.0.4 (patched)
on Mandrake 7.2 w/2.4.2, w/gcc 2.9.35 - although my mandrake install has
been rather heavily modified.

	- VAB
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Version: GnuPG v1.0.4 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: Made with pgp4pine 1.75-6


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