Gnupg or keyserver bug?

Werner Koch wk at
Fri Jun 17 19:06:35 CEST 2005

On Fri, 17 Jun 2005 11:25:43 +0200, Kevin Bube said:

> | kevin at leibnitz:~/tmp $ gpg --keyserver --homedir /tmp --recv-key EAE8EB6A
> | gpg: keyring `/tmp/secring.gpg' created
> | gpg: keyring `/tmp/pubring.gpg' created
> | gpg: requesting key EAE8EB6A from hkp server
> | 
> | gpg: Ohhhh jeeee: mpi crosses packet border

This is due to a corrupted key received from that server. 1.4.2 will
print a more friendly diagnostic in such cases.

> | kevin at leibnitz:~/tmp $ gpg --keyserver --homedir /tmp --recv-key EAE8EB6A

Better keyservers remove such cruft before processing such keys.  This
is the reason why you don't get the problem here.  Old key server
software (hkp or stuff) can't cope with OpenPGP and
mangle keys.  Don't use them.



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