What do if forgot password?

Sven Radde email at sven-radde.de
Fri Feb 6 20:18:05 CET 2009


Am Freitag, den 06.02.2009, 19:16 +0100 schrieb Matthias Mansfeld:
> > even if the rumours are true that "the government" may have such an
> > ability, we'd never know.
> Then they would need brute force against key AND password or they 
> know about weaknesses in algorithms which nobody else knows. 

Let me clarify this a bit:

Whoever wants to break your key needs to do "only" one of the following:
1) Retrieve your public key and break the RSA/... key. -OR-
2) Get access to your secret keyring file and then break the passphrase.

NB: Having one's public key and knowing his/her passphrase does not
compromise the key.

cu, Sven

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