how to use gpg with a smartcard, when there is no smartcard

Michael Kesper mkallas at
Fri Nov 9 17:32:42 CET 2007


On Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 10:28:19AM +0100, Stephan Hermann wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a little problem with gnupg and smartcards.
> I added to my key a signing subkey for my smartcard. This works great 
> when the smartcard reader is attached to my computer, which is my home 
> workstation.
> Now I have a copy of my secret key etc. on my usb stick and want to use 
> my key for signing at work, without having a smartcard reader attached.

This is one of the use cases where the smart card would be extremely
useful. Your secret key should never be used with a compromiseable
system. And you have no control over what this computer does when
you insert that usb stick.

Best wishes

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