Revoke a key - What is with the decrypted messages?

David Shaw dshaw at
Fri Nov 23 16:47:13 CET 2007

On Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 02:50:29PM +0100, Wolf Canis wrote:
> Hello all,
> I created a key one year ago and used this key. Therefore I have a lot
> decrypted
> messages.
> Now I want revoke this key. That's not the problem, I have a revocation
> certificate.

Excellent. :)

> But what is with the decrypted messages to me, can I still encrypt this
> messages? Or
> is the secret key invalid too?

No problem.  You can always decrypt old messages (and verify old
signatures) even if the key has been revoked.  Revoking the key only
stops new use of the key - old messages are still okay.


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