Strange warning: "this cipher algorithm is depreciated"
Steven E. Harris
Wed Feb 7 19:18:03 2001
If I create a new key and accept all the defaults, I get a strange
warning whenever I encrypt to the new key:
,----[ create a key - accept defaults ]
| $ gpg --gen-key
| gpg (GnuPG) 1.0.4; Copyright (C) 2000 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
| This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
| This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
| under certain conditions. See the file COPYING for details.
| Please select what kind of key you want:
| (1) DSA and ElGamal (default)
| (2) DSA (sign only)
| (4) ElGamal (sign and encrypt)
| Your selection? 1
| DSA keypair will have 1024 bits.
| About to generate a new ELG-E keypair.
| minimum keysize is 768 bits
| default keysize is 1024 bits
| highest suggested keysize is 2048 bits
| What keysize do you want? (1024)
| Requested keysize is 1024 bits
| Please specify how long the key should be valid.
| 0 = key does not expire
| <n> = key expires in n days
| <n>w = key expires in n weeks
| <n>m = key expires in n months
| <n>y = key expires in n years
| Key is valid for? (0) 6m
| Key expires at Mon Aug 6 10:59:30 2001 PDT
| Is this correct (y/n)? y
| You need a User-ID to identify your key; the software constructs the user id
| from Real Name, Comment and Email Address in this form:
| "Heinrich Heine (Der Dichter) <firstname.lastname@example.org>"
| Real name: Steven E. Harris
| Email address: email@example.com
| Comment: Work - Tenzing
| You selected this USER-ID:
| "Steven E. Harris (Work - Tenzing) <firstname.lastname@example.org>"
| Change (N)ame, (C)omment, (E)mail or (O)kay/(Q)uit? O
| You need a Passphrase to protect your secret key.
| public and secret key created and signed.
Now, if I encrypt a file, I get warned that "this cipher algorithm is
depreciated." Should that be "deprecated?" Anyway, check this out:
,----[ encrypt a file - note "depreciated" warning ]
| $ gpg -v -a -e -r email@example.com temp/jde-helpers.el
| gpg: key 3A976CE5.93: Good subkey binding
| gpg: uid 4E75F921.93: Good self-signature
| gpg: This key belongs to us
| gpg: reading from `foo.txt'
| File `foo.txt.asc' exists. Overwrite (y/N)? y
| gpg: writing to `foo.txt.asc'
| gpg: ELG-E/RIJNDAEL encrypted for: 3A976CE5 Steven E. Harris (Work - Tenzing) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
| gpg: this cipher algorithm is depreciated; please use a more standard one!
I'm using gpg 1.0.4. Should I be worried by this warning?
Steven E. Harris :: email@example.com
Tenzing :: http://www.tenzing.com