GPG Executable for Windows

Johan Wevers
Thu Aug 9 07:08:02 2001

You, Daniel Knapp, wrote:

> I am sorry, but there is no executable file GPG where you can choose from
> one of the algorithms that you mention below. These algorithms are not
> part of the GNU Project and are not freely available. They are all
> licensed products and can therefor not be integrated in GPG.
This is nonsense. All mentioned algorithms are freely available. Thomas H. Engen wrote:
>> In generating a key, i can choose between DSA and/or ElGamal.
>> But is there any executable file for GPG for Windows where i can choose
>> among RSA, AES, 3DES, Blowfish, Twofish, CAST5, MD5, SHA-1, RIPE-MD-160
>> and TIGER.
AES, 3DES, Blowfish, Twofish and CAST5 are symmetric key algorithms. GnuPG creates random session keys for them, they can not be used for public/secret keys.
>MD5, SHA-1, RIPE-MD-160 and TIGER.
These are hash algorithms, they are not even ciphers. The only public/secret algorithm you further mention is RSA. This was patented in the USA till september 2000, so GNU purists didn't implement it in the official release of GnuPG. However, since sept.2000 the official release of GnuPG can use RSA keys (before that there was a separate plugin). However, it can't generate them. If you want to generate a RSA key, use pgp 2.x or some later versions (not all later versions generate RSA keys for the same reason). It's available for win32. -- ir. J.C.A. Wevers // Physics and science fiction site: // PGP/GPG public keys at