GPG - how to update keys to a new format?

David Shaw dshaw at
Sun Feb 8 20:25:01 CET 2009

On Feb 7, 2009, at 3:51 PM, Csabi wrote:

> Hello!
> I imported my old keys (made with PGP 2.6.3I and PGP 5.0) to my GPG  
> keyring, but GPG didnt ask me that i want to update my old keys to a  
> new DSA key...

You can't convert a PGP 2.6 key.  GPG will happily use it (within some  
limits, notably the IDEA cipher), but there is no way to convert it  
into another sort of key.

I'd recommend revoking any key that was generated with PGP 5.0.  There  
were problems with the random number generator in that version:


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