trouble decrypting AES256 symmetric encrypted file

Henry Hertz Hobbit hhhobbit7 at
Tue Sep 20 09:25:02 CEST 2005

John Clizbe wrote:

>Alphax wrote:
>> JIH, DOUG Y. wrote:
>>> I got the following messages when I tried to decrypt a file.gpg with
>>> the size 4,920,412,393 bytes.
>>> gpg: AES256 encrypted data
>>> gpg: encrypted with 1 passphrase
>>> gpg: [don't know]: invalid packet (ctb=7e)
>>> gpg: [don't know]: invalid packet (ctb=32)
>>> gpg: WARNING: encrypted message has been manipulated!
>>> gpg: [don't know]: invalid packet (ctb=2c)
>>> The file was produced by encrypting with
>>> gpg -c --cipher aes256 file
>>> When the error messages occured, the output file has a size of
>>> 614,055,611 bytes.
>>> Can anyone please help!
>>> Using gpg version 1.4.2, official Windows version
>> I have a feeling Windows has problems with files this large, esp. on NTFS.
>I recall this being a common error with GnuPG on Win32.
>The usual work-around if I recall correctly is to use redirection:
>    gpg < file.gpg > file.out
>Has the file been manipulated or moved between systems since it was encrypted?

First, it is NOT a limitation of the file size on an NTFS file system
(at least in theory).  Check it out (snatched out of the mouth of the

Quoting the maximum file size from Microsoft:

Theory: 16 exabytes minus 1 KB (2^64 bytes minus 1 KB)
mplementation: 16 terabytes minus 64 KB (2^44 bytes minus 64 KB)

That is much better than the 2 GB limit of EXT3.  In reality, that
can't be the limit because a DVD gets broken up into chunks rather
than being one huge file.  The indirection (< input > output) works,
but I think you have lost your file.  I suggest regenerating it and
using the indirection.  I am assuming it is a huge backup and that
you CAN regenerate it again.  If you can't, Microsoft is your best
bet at finding out how to get all of the lost clusters back, and I
strongly suspect you will never see the file again.  What zip program
did you use to generate such a huge file?

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