PGP/Mime and Outlook (was: gpgme and signature comments)

Bill Thompson Billt at
Tue Jun 22 21:19:32 CEST 2004

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On Tue, 22 Jun 2004 15:37:12 +0200
Werner Koch <wk at> wrote:

> On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 12:42:29 -0700, Bill Thompson said:
> > This may be a shot in the dark, but is anyone else having issues with
> > adding comments to a GPG ascii signature when signing through gpgme? 
> The canonical answer is: Do not use inlined signatures - use proper
> PGP/MIME signatures. 
> For good reasons I orginally implemented only the PGP/MIME signature
> format and abstained from doing this pretty long outdated PGP kludge
> on signing mails.  You problems is just one of severals.

I understand the problems with in-line signatures, but unfortunately many
of the people I send e-mail to use M$ Outlook and Outlook Express. Outlook
Express treats PGP/MIME signatures as "hostile attachments" and will not
let OE users open them by default. The MS Office version of Outlook hides
the signature attachment as a dat file. At least with an ASCII signature
the recipient can see the signature and read the e-mail no matter how
broken their MUA is.

Is there a better answer to the compatibility issue? Should I just stop
signing messages altogether? What are other people doing?

- -BillT

Version: GnuPG v1.2.4 (GNU/Linux)


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