Strange problem when using GPG

Johannes Posel
Fri Mar 21 20:09:01 2003

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Dear GPG users,

I have a small problem which seems to get a little bit out of control
;) I'm using a DSS/DH key, generated with GPG 1.06 on Windows 2000,
with the KeyID 0xADCF7E94[1].

I receive a message, encrypted to this key. GPG, both on Windows and
Unix platform[2] give me an error when trying to decrypt this message:

> draenor:~# gpg -d decrypt.asc
> gpg: encrypted with ELG-E key, ID 900227D4
> gpg: encrypted with ELG-E key, ID 1BE6477F
> gpg: decryption failed: secret key not available
> draenor:~#

And as well on Windows:

> C:\>gpg -d decrypt.txt
> gpg: encrypted with 2048-bit ELG-E key, ID 900227D4, created 2002-06-20
>       "Martin F. Krafft (Debian) <>"
> gpg: encrypted with 2048-bit ELG-E key, ID 1BE6477F, created 2002-12-24
>       "Johannes Posel (GnuPG Key) <>"
> gpg: decryption failed: secret key not available
> C:\>

But the secret key is there, and signing etc works flawlessly:

> C:\>gpg --edit-key ADCF7E94
> gpg (GnuPG) 1.2.0-nr2; Copyright (C) 2002 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.
> Secret key is available.
> pub  1024D/ADCF7E94  created: 2001-10-20 expires: 2004-12-23 trust: u/u
> sub  2048g/57C4B8B2  created: 2001-10-20 expires: 2003-10-20
> sub  2048g/1BE6477F  created: 2002-12-24 expires: 2004-12-23
> (1). Johannes Posel (GnuPG Key) <>
> Command> q
> C:\>

Thanks for any tips on what could be wrong!


[1] The key can be fetched from most key servers, or via

[2] Debian 3.0 Linux with GPG 1.2.1, Windows 2000 SP3 with GPG 1.2.0
"nullify" release

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Version: PGP Cyber-Knights Templar build 6.5.8ckt09
Comment: Freiheit stirbt in kleinen Stuecken...
Comment: KeyID: 0xADCF7E94
Comment: Fingerprint: B38E DB00 A61D 2F5C 443A  7C81 9584 51A2 ADCF 7E94