Procedure of deriving a pruivate key from the password

Dashamir Hoxha dashohoxha at
Mon Apr 4 13:29:58 CEST 2016

On Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 1:07 PM, Christine Kremsmayr <c.kremsmayr at>

> I only have a vague and incomplete understandig of the procedure in which
> GnuPG derives a private key from a password.

To my understanding, the key is not derived from the passphrase, it is
generated independently of it. The passphrase is used to encrypt the
private key, in order to protect it. This is symmetric encryption and the
passphrase is stored nowhere.

I am not sure whether this helped you to understand it or made you even
more confuse.
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