simultaneous encryption to public key, and conventional (symmetric)

David Shaw dshaw at
Fri May 5 19:06:56 CEST 2006

On Fri, May 05, 2006 at 12:20:13PM -0400, vedaal at wrote:
> when a gnupg message is encrypted to one user's public key, and at 
> the same time to another user by symmetric encryption without a 
> public key,
> is the same session key used for the encryption,
> or does the symmetric encryption have a different session key made 
> from an s2k hash of the passphrase ?

No.  It's the same session key throughout.  Having multiple session
keys would effectively equal sending the entire message multiple
times, once for each session key.


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