gpg 1.0.5: unusable secret key

David Champion
Thu Jun 14 14:15:01 2001

On 2001.06.14, in <>,
	"Werner Koch" <> wrote:

> This was fixed in 1.0.5. From NEWS:
> * Rewritten key selection code so that GnuPG can better cope with
> multiple subkeys, expire dates and so. The drawback is that it
> is slower.
> Well not very prominent, but 1.0.6 says:
> * Fixed expire time calculation and keyserver access.
> 1.0.5 calculated the key expire time based on the creation date of the
> signature packtet and not of the key packet.
Ah... I wouldn't have caught those -- I thought that the key simply had a fixed expiration date, since I chose one. :) Thanks. So I need to replace this key. Because I can't necessarily meet everyone personally (or even call) right away, I want to send a message containing the fingerprint of the new key, but this is useless if I don't sign that message with my old key. Can I force gpg to sign a message using an expired key, or do I need to use an older version? (I'm asking mainly so that the answer gets into the mail archive. In my case, using an older version is not currently a problem, but that won't remain so, and it's probably not true for everyone.) -- -D. NSIT University of Chicago