Allowing paste into pinentry-gtk-2?

Todd A. Jacobs at
Sat Apr 16 08:47:34 CEST 2011

Currently, it looks like pinentry-gtk-2 (I'm using 0.8.0) doesn't allow
pasting from the clipboard. This is annoying, because a truly long,
randomized password is not practical to type into a hidden dialog box. It
really seems like pinentry forces one to use short, insecure passwords. One
supposes there is a trade-off in security here, but I'm more concerned about
brute-force attacks on the passphrase than I am about someone sniffing the
clipboard--it seems that if they have access to my clipboard, they can
probably log my keystrokes, anyway, right? So offline attacks against the
key's passphrase seem more likely.

So, I really have two questions. First, is it possible to force pinentry
dialogs to allow pasting from the clipboard? Secondly, is it possible to
force the CLI to use an alternate pinentry (say, pinentry-curses) or some
other method to populate an existing gpg-agent with a cached passphrase?
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