Help needed - again
Daniel H. Werner
daniel at hillsdalecorp.com
Mon May 9 23:08:37 CEST 2016
Thanks you, in advance, for your help.
I have to say here that I am more than a bit embarrassed because I seem to know so little about what I am doing.
OK, here we go.
First, I have 2 Macs, a laptop and an iMac.
I am writing to you from the desktop and the laptop is right here on my desk for reference.
As I said earlier, I want to get the laptop going first so that, perhaps, I will learn a thing to two that I can use to properly setup the desktop.
Incidentally, I had tried to set up the desktop but, with all the difficulties I was having, I just Uninstalled GPG.
>> I downloaded the suite and did the install on my laptop (I did not want
> Which suite? Several different groups package GnuPG for OS X.
> * Macports
> * Homebrew
> * Fink
> * GPGTools
> * GPGOSX
> Without knowing precisely what package you installed, my advice here
> will have to be general.
>> The Keychain was moved from my old machine to the new one.
> PGP stores its public and secret keys in two files called "pubring.pkr"
> and "secring.skr". These are not stored on the Apple Keychain. Did you
> migrate the pubring.pkr and secring.skr files, or did you migrate the
> Apple Keychain?
PGP Private Keyring.skr
PGP Public Keyring.pkr
> Do you recognize the certificate ID associated with this set?
I don’t know how/where to look. And I am not sure I would know what I was looking at.
>> After getting some help from some of you, it appeared that the install
>> was good. I could send an encrypted and signed message to myself and
>> receive it.
> Which certificate did you use to encrypt to yourself? The one you found
> which you believe was mistakenly created, or your certificate from 2003?
I believe it was the 03 version.
>> He did and … I cannot decrypt his message.
> How do you know that he used your certificate to encrypt the message?
> Oftentimes, when we can't decrypt traffic sent to us, it's because the
> person sending us email used the wrong certificate.
He said he used the key I sent to him.
>> I still have the previous/original secret and public keys. When I tried
>> to Import them, I get a prompt telling me:
> How are you trying to import them?
I put them on a USB flash drive from my old (G5) machine, plugged that flash drive into the laptop and hit Import in the GPG Keychain window.
> Open a Terminal window (Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app). At the
> prompt, which I'm going to assume is "$" (although it probably won't
> be), type:
> $ find ~ -name "*ring.?kr”
I am obviously missing something here because I am getting … nothing!
> When you respond to this email, include the output of this command,
> please. (You should, of course, first check to make sure you're not
> revealing any confidential information. This command is perfectly safe,
> but you shouldn't take my word for it.)
> * Is the certificate ID of the mystery certificate the same as that of
> your normal certificate?
> If you don't know your normal certificate's ID, then just answer "I
> don't know". It's okay. :)
> * Which certificate did you use to encrypt to yourself?
> Take the email that you could read and save it (in encrypted form) to
> your Desktop as "my_message.eml”.
I do not see the encrypted message. I see the message I just sent to myself. In the Header it says:
Security: Encrypted, Signed (daniel at hillsdalecorp.com)
> From Terminal.app, run this:
> $ gpg -vvvv $HOME/Desktop/my_message.eml
> ... Do all this, and we should be much better able to help you figure
> this thing out. :)
I hope, Robert, that my responses here are useful in developing the next step.
Daniel H. Werner,
9 Oregon Yacht Club
Portland, OR 97202 USA
Cell: (503) 709-0950
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