Certified OpenPGP-encryption after release of Thunderbird 78

Patrick Brunschwig patrick at enigmail.net
Sat May 30 21:57:16 CEST 2020

Mark wrote on 30.05.2020 20:54:
> So then do you have multiple pairs of key rings? One pair for TB78 and
> its built in PGP and another pair as part of GNUPG?

No exactly. You have your secret keys with GnuPG, and your public keys
with Thunderbird. No synchronization required.

> If so how do you keep them synchronized?
> On 5/30/2020 9:17 AM, Patrick Brunschwig wrote:
>> Robert J. Hansen wrote on 30.05.2020 01:07:
>>>> If TB 78 is going to have native support of openGPG encryption, then the
>>>> original person in the thread should be able to export all of the keys
>>>> in their key rings, and import all of those keys into TB 78, or am I
>>>> missing one of the gotchas with
>>>> TV 78 and it's openGPG encryption support.
>>> You're missing the gotcha of "as of -Beta3, the new Thunderbird *cannot
>>> even import a key*."
>> I'm sorry, but that is simply not true. There is a known bug in the
>> library used by Thunderbird (RNP) that leads to crashes when importing
>> _certain_ keys. But I succeeded in importing all of my keys without any
>> problems (more than 1.000), except for 5 V3-keys. I can definitely say
>> that it's not just broken, and it can import keys.
>>> I'm not kidding.  It is so far from complete that Kai Englert, who leads
>>> the TB78 OpenPGP effort, recently proposed postponing OpenPGP support in
>>> TB until version 78.2, or about a three-month delay.
>> Again, that's oversimplified. OpenPGP will not be enabled _by_ _default_
>> but users may still enable it manually.
>>> At present, as of -Beta3, TB78's OpenPGP support is badly broken.
>> No, it's incomplete - work in progress. That's not quite the same.
>> -Patrick
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