Bad Signatures when using check-sigs

brian m. carlson sandals at
Sat Dec 17 23:54:41 CET 2011

On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 10:26:04AM -0500, David Tomaschik wrote:
> When executing gpg --check-sigs, there are reports of "bad
> signatures."  What makes a signature "bad"?  For example, on a key I
> signed that has several UIDs, one of my signatures on one UID is
> reported as bad, but the rest are fine.  I looked in the docs, but
> didn't find anything... hope I'm not missing something obvious.

It means that one of the following things is true:

* The key alleged to have made the signature did not make the signature.
* The data on which the signature was made is different than the
  original data.
* Someone made an error in the OpenPGP implementation.

brian m. carlson / brian with sandals: Houston, Texas, US
+1 832 623 2791 | | My opinion only
OpenPGP: RSA v4 4096b: 88AC E9B2 9196 305B A994 7552 F1BA 225C 0223 B187
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