GnuPG 2.1 Windows 7, pinentry does not allow paste, no way to bypass?

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Sun Jun 3 22:07:38 CEST 2012

On 6/3/2012 10:46 AM, L G wrote:
> During command line decryption, pinentry opens a popup window for the
> passphrase. In the pinentry window, paste (Ctl+V) is not supported.
> Deal breaker.

Storing your passphrase in the clipboard is generally considered unwise
and harmful.  Your passphrase is a high-value secret: putting it on the
clipboard makes it visible to every other process on your system
(including malware!).

Pinentry's refusal to support C&P is not accidental or an oversight.
It's a deliberate design decision meant to help shield you from malware,
Trojans, and other skulduggery that people may use to discover your

It's fairly easy to hack the source to support C&P.  However, the last
it was asked about on this list the answer was "C&P will not be
supported and patches to enable C&P will not be accepted."

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