Strange output when generating a revocation certificate

William Korb korb at
Thu Mar 20 17:17:02 CET 2003

I was generating a revocation certificate for the purpose of creating 
some internal user documentation, and received a strange message from 
GnuPG 1.2.1:

89$ gpg --gen-revoke -a korb at > revoke.asc
gpg: WARNING: using insecure memory!
gpg: please see for more information

*** stuff deleted ***

Revocation certificate created.

Please move it to a medium which you can hide away; if Mallory gets
access to this certificate he can use it to make your key unusable.
It is smart to print this certificate and store it away, just in case
your media become unreadable. But have some caution: The print system 
of your machine might store the data and make it available to others!

So, who is Mallory, and why would I want to know this? Can we replace 
this message with something a bit more informative (such as "This 
certificate must now be imported into your key ring to complete the 
revocation process" or something along those lines?


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