Sat, 18 Nov 2000 12:04:52 +0100
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My friend, a fairly novice linux user, made himself a GnuPG key.
Whenever I encrypt something for him, he can't encrypt it. He's got a
2048-bit ELG-E key and GnuPG v1.0.1 on a SuSE 6.2 distro.
When he invokes 'gpg --decrypt encrypted.txt.gpg' and enters his
passphrase, he waits a few seconds (he really cherishes that 1xx MHz
P5 :-) and is thrown back to his prompt. No decrypted text on stdout or
in a text file. Nothing.
When he invokes the same with '-vvv' he gets something like:
2048-bit ELG-E key, ID 6B0CD225, created 2000-07-11 (main key ID
gpg: loaded digest 3
gpg: key 2BD65A2B: accepted as trusted key.
gpg: public key encrypted data: good DEK
:unknown packet: type 18, length 0
dump: 01 3d f0 bc [...]
What follows is a long list of hex-values. (This was transcribed per
hand, so there may be small errors)
I don't think (hope) I have a corrupted copy of his key. I received
three copies, which I could import without problems.
I also tried to decrypt a file encrypted for him. I didn't get the usual
'no secret key for decryption available', but (with the -vvv option):
:pubkey enc packet: version 3, algo 16, keyid 1021586A6B0CD225
data: [2047 bits]
data: [2045 bits]
gpg: public key is 6B0CD225
gpg: loaded digest 2
:encrypted data packet:
gpg: encrypted with 2048-bit ELG-E key, ID 6B0CD225, created 2000-07-11
"[name + e-mail-address]"
gpg: no secret key for decryption available
gpg: decryption failed: secret key not available
:user ID packet:
gpg: decrypt_message failed: unexpected data
However, files signed by him can be succesfully verified.
Does anyone knows what to do? Do you need further information?
PGP (GnuPG) encrypted mail welcome! (Key 0xBAC8E4D5)
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