What do if forgot password?

John Clizbe John at Mozilla-Enigmail.org
Fri Feb 6 18:48:10 CET 2009

don rhummy wrote:
> thanks. One question on the revocation certificate:
> If I use it to "revoke" the key, does that mean i can then create a new key
> and thus retrieve everything stored under the previous password/key with the
> new one? What does revoking it do?

Generate new key? Yes.

Retrieve anything encrypted to old key? NO.
Everything encrypted to the old key is _ONLY_ retrievable with the old key
(or any other key it may be encrypted to)

Revoking a key flags it to others as no longer valid. If you do not have the
passphrase, you cannot revoke a key unless a revocation certificate was
previously generated and stored away in the event of a mishap such as this.

Sorry, but the revocation certificate suggestion does nothing to help you
retrieve things encrypted to the key with the lost passphrase.

John P. Clizbe                      Inet:John (a) Mozilla-Enigmail.org
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