All my Passwords are lost

Marek Stepanek mstep at
Tue Apr 27 20:32:04 CEST 2021

Thank you Vincent,

I am really ashamed! Yes you are right: encryption is normally done with a public key. (I am blushing). I forgot, because nobody has a PGP-Key to correspond with. The only use for my own PGP-key was to encrypt my own Password-file, AND this with my private key, of course! Only for decrypting I need my (own) private key. Sorry to this mailing group, for this simplicity. But how did it happen? I encrypt always the same way: gpg -e pw.txt filling in my first name and hit <enter> twice. 

That means, no way to fiddle around with the headers (I called them like that) of the pw.gpg-file. It is really encrypted with the PUBLIC key of pause at <mailto:pause at> - probably a dead email address - nobody is reading. 

Don’t know what to do. The last month I started to invest into crypto-currency and some information are buried for ever in this gpg.file 

Suppose Vincent you are French. Donc merci infiniment pour votre aide! 


> On 26. Apr 2021, at 13:12, Vincent Pelletier <plr.vincent at> wrote:
> Hello Marek,
> On Sun, 25 Apr 2021 17:31:53 +0200, Marek Stepanek <mstep at> wrote:
>> I am unsure how GnuPG could pick up the wrong key, which does not exist in my key deposit. My guess is, that it is encrypted anyway with my private key
> Beware of a possible misunderstanding here: encryption is done with the
> *public* key. It is decryption which requires the private key. So you
> can easily encrypt something with any of the (possibly many) public
> keys from your key ring.
>> Thank you Vincent for your detailed answer,
> Welcome !
>> which is way over my head.
> Don't worry, I was tossing some ideas to maybe save you from disclosing
> your entire file to someone else (by only exchanging the encrypted
> session key rather than the whole file).
> But I 100% deffer to anyone knowledgeable about gnupg itself for
> whether anything I suggest is actually possible, and how to do it.
>> I really should look into the internals of file encryption one day … 
> Besides on-line sources like wikipedia or youtube (computerphile
> channel has several crypto-related videos), I found the following book
> to be especially enlightening (...from a crypto-unrelated developer
> perspective anyway):
> Regards,
> -- 
> Vincent Pelletier
> GPG fingerprint 983A E8B7 3B91 1598 7A92 3845 CAC9 3691 4257 B0C1

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