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flapflap flapflap at
Tue Jul 29 00:44:27 CEST 2014

pedro.markov at
> You lost me with the "emails" stuff. ( i don't know what do they have to do
> in this topic)
> What I'm saying it is pretty easy, I'm bad with passwords, so i rather
> damage the key than remember a password.
> After the answers that people gave me, i improved so much my
> method, so this is a step by step.
> 1) Create keypair, and give some hint in the comment,
> so you don't forget it for exmple "what was your first girlfriends
> name?" or some silly
> question. (This is just for extra protection. You could even write the
> real password on the comment
> but be aware that this will be public on your public key)
> 2) Export the public and secure key.
> 3) Remove the keys from keyring, and re-import the public key.
> 4) Damage my private key.  (Ex: inverse X and X line, Replace X and X
> characters, etc.)
> 5) Encrypt everything that you have to encrypt with the public key, you
> can even make it "Public".
> With this method, the day that you try to decrypt your data you wont
> need to remember a password.
> Also, if some Mallory gets in to your computer/server/whatever even if
> he gets a copy of your private key he won't
> be able to load it and try to use Brute force on it. He will need to
> repair the key before ( and good luck for that )
I'm pretty sure (though more knowledgeable people should comment on this
to clarify) that the changes/"damaging" you do (basically symmetric
operations via you keyboard) are much weaker than real cryptographic
GnuPG - if you specify a passphrase - stores the secret key encrypted.
If an attacker gets his/her hands on the secret key, s/he can do nothing
with it. So GnuPG already does what you need/want.

I understand that you don't like to remember the passphrase, but it's
less secure and convenient to manually fuddle with the keyfile (which is
also some kind of "passphrase", but much weaker than using GnuPG).

Are you aware of ?
It should be pretty easy to get to an easy-to-remember passphrase, just
think of some strange situation/image/... that's worth to remember.
E.g. "eleven camels climb on mt. everest for skiing"
(don't use that one of course as it's public now)

And if you type it a couple of times/regularely, because you need to
decrypt/sign emails/files/..., it should be easy to remember in the long

> Note. I think that for extra security i will generate the keys in a usb
> stick that i'll overwrite
> with zeros after corrupting the private key. This will prevent some
> smart mallory from using
> software as testdisk to recover deleted data.
Logically overwriting contents on a flash drive does not necessarily
overwrite the data on the physical medium. Flash drives use
wear-leveling algorithms that map the logical to physical addresses, to
limit the damages/wear-out due to writing the same physical locations
too often. So if you "overwrite" a logical address, your written data
actually goes to another physical cell and the old data is still there.
An attacker that just unsolders the flash ICs could read the entire
physical data, including what's not visible from the logical/software layer.


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