choosing an encryption target from a User ID

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at
Thu Sep 24 00:04:11 CEST 2009

On Wednesday 23 September 2009, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> On 09/23/2009 12:17 PM, Werner Koch wrote:
> > Please keep in mind that using a user ID is just to help the user
> > in the most common case.  Any proper mail tool won't accept such a
> > solution but either presenr the user a list of matching keys and
> > let him select a key or auto select the key based on such
> > information.
> Has this been made this clear to collaborating MUA/plugin developers?
>  I think the "auto select a key" step for MUAs or plugins is often
> implemented as "let gpg pick the key based on the user ID".

I'm pretty sure that this will break horribly as soon as the user ID 
contains non-ASCII characters (as does my user ID). For exactly this 
reason I made KMail use the key ID instead of the user ID about 7 years 
ago. Is enigmail really still using the user ID?

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