Seems silly to ask but....how do you decrypt PGP messages in these threads?

Seems silly to ask but....how do you decrypt PGP messages in these threads?

Post by nopspa » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 08:30:11


Take for instance any random post that has a PGP message included in
it. How do I decrypt it, I tried to copy the PGP message block to my
clipboard, searched the keyserver for the public key, imported that
and next choose decrypt and verify clipboard. What happens then is it
opens a file dialog window looking for a file called clipboard??? WHAT
THE??? How do I decrypt it? Just started to use it so, just learning
and taking my first babysteps so please go easy with the comments :-)
 
 
 

Seems silly to ask but....how do you decrypt PGP messages in these threads?

Post by Arthur T » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 09:00:34

In Message-ID:< XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,



Short answer: Those are not messages, but signatures. Copy
the *entire* message to clipboard and then choose decrypt and
verify.

Longer answer: You can decrypt messages only when they're
encrypted with your own public key. PGP has another feature,
though, called "signing". Without going into details, if PGP
says the signature is good, the message is *exactly* as the
signer wrote it.

The reason PGP was prompting you for a file is that you
asked it to verify a signature without the file to which it was
attached.

BTW, it's generally a good idea to specify a message when
you're asking for help, rather than having us just randomly look
around to see if we can figure out which one(s) you're talking
about. For instance, the messageID in the first line of this
post uniquely identifies your message.

--
Arthur T. - ar23hur "at" pobox "dot" com
Looking for a good MVS systems programmer position

 
 
 

Seems silly to ask but....how do you decrypt PGP messages in these threads?

Post by Marti » Tue, 22 Jun 2004 21:29:18

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA1





Open the post it in its own window, then click on your PGP tray
icon and select "Current Window/Decyrpt and Verify"

Is that what you meant. Try it on this sig and see how you get on
lol.

Martin

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: 6.5.8ckt ftp://ftp.zedz.net/pub/crypto/pgp/pgp60/pgp658_ckt/
Comment: KeyID: 0x581E4CE1

iQA/AwUBQNbUmHELag5YHkzhEQLniQCglKSXrC4eYD9QO9+vLKig94DUxq0An3zM
9gb7oLXiSyQa9htL2Qt9KZbV
=C3Am
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----