8Bit chars in --armor output? GnuPG Bug? (was: Re: [PATCH] use 7bit instead of base64 for application/pgp-keys)

Werner Koch wk@gnupg.org
Sat Jul 28 09:46:02 2001

On Sat, 28 Jul 2001 01:27:54 +0200, Marc Mutz said:

> Ok. I see. Then this is a GnuPG-Bug. It should _not_ allow 8bit in
> --armor output. If the user tries to shoot in his foot, gnupg should
> issue a warning (or better: error and quit).
By default GNuPG does not put any non ASCII characters into a header line. OTOH, OpenPGP does not forbid this. Using the comment option does only make sense in special cases and I can't see a reason to issue a warning if someone chooses another character set. GnuPG works fine as along as the header lines are correct according to OpenPGP. The preferred method to encapsulate messages is RFC2015 and not OpenPGP armor. BTW, remember that all the header lines are not part of the message and thus not protected by the signature (give cleartext format). Werner -- Werner Koch Omnis enim res, quae dando non deficit, dum habetur g10 Code GmbH et non datur, nondum habetur, quomodo habenda est. Privacy Solutions -- Augustinus