having trouble with encrypted mail - thunderbird, enigmail,
linux at codehelp.co.uk
Wed Sep 22 20:46:20 CEST 2004
On Tuesday 21 September 2004 2:08 am, Ed Stafford wrote:
> Can anyone tell me how to decrypt/read encrypted email messages.
You need the secret key on the same machine - not just the public key.
> I have two mail addresses that I am experimenting with on seperate
> I have created a key for each address and exported public keys that
> were then exchanged, imported and signed.
Both computers (in your case) need at least one secret key and BOTH public
gpg --export-secret-keys <KEYID>
gpg --export only exports the public key, therefore there's only the public
key to import.
Did you generate both keys on the same computer?
> Then I tried sending signed mail using the recipients pub key...That
> worked fine
> But if I encrypt it with the recipients pub key, I cannot read or
> decrypt it using the recipient email account on the other computer.
> I can read signed mail with success, but trying to decrypt encrypted
Reading signed email only needs the public key.
Decryption always requires the secret key.
> mail returns an error that there is no secret key available.
Probably because it's on the other machine.
Run this on both machines:
> I have not found any information on the web to help me.
It's there, you just didn't realise it.
Also, make sure you really are encrypting to the correct key - try it on the
command line by specifying the other key using -r
'man gpg' should sort out the rest of your queries.
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