Certified OpenPGP-encryption after release of Thunderbird 78

Mark azbigdogs at gmx.com
Sun May 31 01:28:59 CEST 2020

Doesn't TB also need your secret keys to decrypt messages?  

Also what if you need your public keys outside of TB such as encrypting
a file?

The reason I'm asking is that awhile ago I posted about unknown files in
my GNUPG directory. PAPubring.gpg and PAsecring.gpg. I eventually found
out those are key rings used by a program I have called Power Archiver.
I'm not sure why it has it own set of keys, still awaiting an
explanation from support. If every app is not using the same pair of key
rings (and there is no synchronization between them) could that not lead
to problems?


On 5/30/2020 12:57 PM, Patrick Brunschwig wrote:
> 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.
> -Patrick
>> 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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