session key for decryption

David Shaw
Wed May 8 22:47:01 2002

On Wed, May 08, 2002 at 12:36:57PM -0400, vedaal wrote:

> i had already checked the man page, and used both commands, but could not
> get it to work.
> i started with a file  d:\skt1.txt , encrypted to a test key,
> then used the --show-session-key command,
> and after decryption, got a session key string, and the decrypted plaintext
> output into a file,
> then, when i wanted to use the session key string to decrypt the original
> file, i could not get it to work.
> here is the sequence of gpg commands:
>  D:\WinPT>gpg --show-session-key d:\skt1.txt
> You need a passphrase to unlock the secret key for
> user: "test <test@key.test>"
> 2048-bit RSA key, ID F77AFF7B, created 2001-04-26
> gpg: session key: "1:BDFC53FC47F75CAD12A83F16B60AE805"


>  D:\WinPT>gpg --override-session-key BDFC53FC47F75CAD12A83F16B60AE805
> d:\skt1.txt

The leading "1:" is part of the session key.


   David Shaw  |  |  WWW
   "There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX.
      We don't believe this to be a coincidence." - Jeremy S. Anderson