Encrypt Error - There is no assurance this key belongs to the named user

Robert J. Hansen rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Tue Oct 5 22:04:31 CEST 2010

On 10/5/2010 2:16 PM, Thomas Chitwood wrote:
> I am getting this error when trying to encrypt a file using a public key
> generated by PGP Desktop 10.0.2 (Build 13). I am using gpg (GnuPG)
> 1.4.5. I think the error is being caused by the validity setting for
> this key in my keyring which is "validity: unknown".

Is this an error (something that actually prevents you from encrypting),
or is it just a warning (letting you know about something, but not
preventing the encryption)?

> First, is there a way to set the validity parameter in the version of
> GnuPG I am using.

This is done by validating the key and signing it with your own key.

If you want to shut off all validation checks, putting "--trust-model
always" on the command line will do that.

> Second, are there any known incompatibilities between PGP Desktop 10.0.2
> (Build 13) and gpg (GnuPG) 1.4.5?

None worth mentioning, but I believe a security vulnerability has been
discovered which affects version 1.4.5.  You may want to consider
upgrading to the latest 1.4 (1.4.10 as of this writing).

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