Insecure Memory Warning! ???.

Florian Weimer Florian.Weimer@RUS.Uni-Stuttgart.DE
18 Oct 2000 14:43:41 +0200

Christopher Massanova <> writes:

> This works flawlessly if I am logged in as ROOT, but if I try it as
> any other account, I get the following:
> # gpg: Warning: using insecure memory!
| 6.1) Why do I get "gpg: Warning: using insecure memory!"
| On many systems this program should be installed as setuid(root). This
| is necessary to lock memory pages. Locking memory pages prevents the
| operating system from writing memory pages to disk and thereby keeping
| your secret keys really secret. If you get no warning message about
| insecure memory your operating system supports locking without being
| root. The program drops root privileges as soon as locked memory is
| allocated.
| If you can't or don't want to install GnuPG setuid(root), you can use
| the option "--no-secmem-warning" or put
| no-secmem-warning
| in your ~/.gnupg/options file.
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