Incompatibility between gnupg 0.9.7 and >0.9.10 in conv. 3des encryption
Sat, 8 Jan 2000 11:13:09 +0100
On Sat, 8 Jan 2000, Enzo Michelangeli wrote:
> I'm not sure whether it's a known problem, but if one encrypts with:
> ./gpg097 -a -c --cipher-algo 3des q
> and then tries to decrypt with gpg version 0.9.10 or later:
There are more problems with that. The reason is that I changed the
internal API form the hash algorithms somewhere between these versions
with the result that all ciphers needing a key lasrger than the hash
size didn't work anymore or better the string-to-key algorithm was not
This is a problem with 3DES and Twofish.
The only solution to reencypt these messages - I am yery soory about
GnuPG 1.0.1 now works like required by the standard and produces valid
3DES, Twofish symmetric only encryptions which interoperate with PGP.
1.0.1 has an option to emulate the bug: --emulate-3des-s2k-bug .
Please note that this option will be removed in gpg 1.1, so either
re-encrypt all these messages or keep a copy of gpg 1.0.0 which has
> However, I would expect that backward compatibility with older s2k values be
> preserved in decryption.
It is not possible because the bug reduces the keylength to 160 bit
which is effective then less than 112 bits for 3DES.
Werner Koch at guug.de www.gnupg.org keyid 621CC013
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