Pinentry and passphrase file button

Ben Kibbey bjk at
Sat Oct 3 22:44:58 CEST 2015

On Sat, Oct 03, 2015 at 08:13:07PM +0200, Neal H. Walfield wrote:
> Before we add additional complexity, can you please explain why such
> strange passphrases are needed?
> Here's my thoughts on the issue: The passphrase protects the key in
> case your hard disk is stolen.  If the passphrase is in a file, what's
> the point of having a passphrase at all?  The use of a file just adds
> a tiny bit of obscurity, which is little security at all.

The file could be stored on removable media.

Ben Kibbey

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