Invalid Marker Packet issue using PGP to encrypt using GnuPG certificate

Michael E. Strout Michael.Strout at
Mon Apr 12 18:45:31 CEST 2010

Hi all,

                We're using GnuPG to both create an asynchronous key pair, the public key of which we provide to clients, and to decrypt the files encrypted with that certificate after its been transfered.  One particular client is uploading files which return an "Invalid Marker Packet" error when I try to decrypt them.

I've tried installing the newest versions of gpg, but it doesn't matter whether I'm using 1.4.9 or 2.0.12, I get an "invalid marker packet" error.

I've opened up an older upload which I was able to decrypt and the most recent upload in a hex editor and can see that the bytes following the PGP in the marker packet are different,

 i.e. the one in the old file is 50 47 50 c1 c0 4c which reads as P G P 193 192 76 or PGP 12697676 or PGPÁÀL

While the one in the new file is 50 47 50 C1 C1 4E  which reads as P G P 193 193 78 or PGP 12697934 or PGPÁÁN

I figure the client is using PGP software (hence the marker packet) and may have upgraded their software since the last successfully decrypted upload, but I thought they could put anything they wanted in the marker packet and gpg would be fine...

Has anyone else seen this and know of a way past it?


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