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Noteworthy changes in version 2.3.2 (unreleased)
Noteworthy changes in version 2.3.1 (2021-04-20)
* The new configuration file common.conf is now used to enable the
use of the key database daemon with "use-keyboxd". Using this
option in gpg.conf and gpgsm.conf is supported for a transitional
period. See doc/example/common.conf for more.
* gpg: Force version 5 key creation for ed448 and cv448 algorithms.
* gpg: By default do not use the self-sigs-only option when
importing from an LDAP keyserver. [#5387]
* gpg: Lookup a missing public key of the active card via LDAP.
* gpgsm: New command --show-certs. [51419d6341]
* scd: Fix CCID driver for SCM SPR332/SPR532. [#5297]
* scd: Further improvements for PKCS#15 cards.
* Fix build problems on Fedora. [#5389]
* Fix build problems on macOS. [#5400]
* New configure option --with-tss to allow the selection of the TSS
library. [93c88d0af3]
See-also: gnupg-announce/2021q2/000459.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.3.0 (2021-04-07)
* A new experimental key database daemon is provided. To enable it
put "use-keyboxd" into gpg.conf and gpgsm.conf. Keys are stored
in a SQLite database and make key lookup much faster.
* New tool gpg-card as a flexible frontend for all types of
supported smartcards.
* New option --chuid for gpg, gpgsm, gpgconf, gpg-card, and
* The gpg-wks-client tool is now installed under bin; a wrapper for
its old location at libexec is also installed.
* tpm2d: New daemon to physically bind keys to the local machine.
* gpg: Switch to ed25519/cv25519 as default public key algorithms.
* gpg: Verification results now depend on the --sender option and
the signer's UID subpacket. [T4735]
* gpg: Do not use any 64-bit block size cipher algorithm for
encryption. Use AES as last resort cipher preference instead of
3DES. This can be reverted using --allow-old-cipher-algos.
* gpg: Support AEAD encryption mode using OCB or EAX.
* gpg: Support v5 keys and signatures.
* gpg: Support curve X448 (ed448, cv448).
* gpg: Allow use of group names in key listings. [e825aea2ba]
* gpg: New option --full-timestrings to print date and time.
* gpg: New option --force-sign-key. [#4584]
* gpg: New option --no-auto-trust-new-key.
* gpg: The legacy key discovery method PKA is no longer supported.
The command --print-pka-records and the PKA related import and
export options have been removed.
* gpg: Support export of Ed448 Secure Shell keys.
* gpgsm: Add basic ECC support.
* gpgsm: Support creation of EdDSA certificates. [#4888]
* agent: Allow the use of "Label:" in a key file to customize the
pinentry prompt. [5388537806]
* agent: Support ssh-agent extensions for environment variables.
With a patched version of OpenSSH this avoids the need for the
"updatestartuptty" kludge. [224e26cf7b]
* scd: Improve support for multiple card readers and tokens.
* scd: Support PIV cards.
* scd: Support for Rohde&Schwarz Cybersecurity cards.
* scd: Support Telesec Signature Cards v2.0
* scd: Support multiple application on certain smartcard.
* scd: New option --application-priority.
* scd: New option --pcsc-shared; see man page for important notes.
* dirmngr: Support a gpgNtds parameter in LDAP keyserver URLs.
* The symcryptrun tool, a wrapper for the now obsolete external
Chiasmus tool, has been removed.
* Full Unicode support for the command line. [#4398]
Changes also found in 2.2.27:
* gpg: Fix regression in 2.2.24 for gnupg_remove function under
Windows. [#5230]
* gpgconf: Fix case with neither local nor global gpg.conf. [9f37d3e6f3]
* gpgconf: Fix description of two new options. [#5221]
* Build Windows installer without timestamps. Note that the
Authenticode signatures still carry a timestamp.
Changes also found in 2.2.26:
* gpg: New AKL method "ntds". [559efd23e9]
* gpg: Fix --trusted-key with fingerprint arg. [8a2e5025eb]
* scd: Fix writing of ECC keys to an OpenPGP card. [#5163]
* scd: Make an USB error fix specific to SPR532 readers. [#5167]
* dirmngr: With new LDAP keyservers store the new attributes. Never
store the useless pgpSignerID. Fix a long standing bug storing
some keys on an ldap server. [0e88c73bc9,e47de85382]
* dirmngr: Support the new Active Direcory LDAP schema for
keyservers. [ac8ece9266]
* dirmngr: Allow LDAP OpenPGP searches via fingerprint.
* dirmngr: Do not block other threads during keyserver LDAP calls.
* Support global configuration files. [#4788,a028f24136]
* Fix the iconv fallback handling to UTF-8. [#5038]
Changes also found in 2.2.25:
* scd: Fix regression in 2.2.24 requiring gpg --card-status before
signing or decrypting. [#5065]
* gpgsm: Using Libksba 1.5.0 signatures with a rarely used
combination of attributes can now be verified. [#5146]
Changes also found in 2.2.24:
* Allow Unicode file names on Windows almost everywhere. Note that
it is still not possible to use Unicode strings on the command
line. This change also fixes a regression in 2.2.22 related to
non-ascii file names. [#5098]
* Fix localized time printing on Windows. [#5073]
* gpg: New command --quick-revoke-sig. [#5093]
* gpg: Do not use weak digest algos if selected by recipient
preference during sign+encrypt. [4c181d51a6]
* gpg: Switch to AES256 for symmetric encryption in de-vs mode.
* gpg: Silence weak digest warnings with --quiet. [#4893]
* gpg: Print new status line CANCELED_BY_USER for a cancel during
symmetric encryption. [f05d1772c4]
* gpg: Fix the encrypt+sign hash algo preference selection for
ECDSA. This is in particular needed for keys created from
existing smartcard based keys. [aeed0b93ff]
* agent: Keep some permissions of private-keys-v1.d. [#2312]
* dirmngr: Align sks-keyservers.netCA.pem use between ntbtls and
gnutls builds. [e4f3b74c91]
* dirmngr: Fix the pool keyserver case for a single host in the
pool. [72e04b03b1a7]
* scd: Fix the use case of verify_chv2 by CHECKPIN. [61aea64b3c]
* scd: Various improvements to the ccid-driver. [#4616,#5065]
* scd: Minor fixes for Yubikey [25bec16d0b]
* gpgconf: New option --show-versions.
* w32: Install gpg-check-pattern and example profiles. Install
Windows subsystem variant of gpgconf (gpgconf-w32).
Changes also found in 2.2.23:
* gpg: Fix a possible segv in the key cleaning code.
* gpgsm: Fix a minor RFC2253 parser bug. [#5037]
* scdaemon: Fix a PIN verify failure on certain OpenPGP card
implementations. Regression in 2.2.22. [#5039]
Changes also found in 2.2.22:
* gpg: Change the default key algorithm to rsa3072.
* gpg: Add regular expression support for Trust Signatures on all
platforms. [#4843]
* gpg: Fix regression in 2.2.21 with non-default --passphrase-repeat
option. [#4991]
* gpg: Ignore --personal-digest-prefs for ECDSA keys. [#5021]
* gpgsm: Make rsaPSS a de-vs compliant scheme.
* gpgsm: Show also the SHA256 fingerprint in key listings.
* gpgsm: Do not require a default keyring for --gpgconf-list. [#4867]
* gpg-agent: Default to extended key format and record the creation
time of keys. Add new option --disable-extended-key-format.
* gpg-agent: Support the WAYLAND_DISPLAY envvar. [#5016]
* gpg-agent: Allow using --gpgconf-list even if HOME does not
exist. [#4866]
* gpg-agent: Make the Pinentry work even if the envvar TERM is set
to the empty string. [#4137]
* scdaemon: Add a workaround for Gnuk tokens <= 2.15 which wrongly
incremented the error counter when using the "verify" command of
"gpg --edit-key" with only the signature key being present.
* dirmngr: Better handle systems with disabled IPv6. [#4977]
* gpgpslit: Install tool. It was not installed in the past to avoid
conflicts with the version installed by GnuPG 1.4. [#5023]
* gpgtar: Handle Unicode file names on Windows correctly. [#4083]
* gpgtar: Make --files-from and --null work as documented. [#5027]
* Build the Windows installer with the new Ntbtls 0.2.0 so that TLS
connections succeed for servers demanding GCM.
Changes also found in 2.2.21:
* gpg: Add option --no-include-key-block. [#4856]
* gpg: Allow for extra padding in ECDH. [#4908]
* gpg: Only a single pinentry is shown for symmetric encryption if
the pinentry supports this. [#4971]
* gpg: Print a note if no keys are given to --delete-key. [#4959]
* gpg,gpgsm: The ridiculous passphrase quality bar is not anymore
shown. [#2103]
* gpgsm: Certificates without a CRL distribution point are now
considered valid without looking up a CRL. The new option
--enable-issuer-based-crl-check can be used to revert to the
former behaviour.
* gpgsm: Support rsaPSS signature verification. [#4538]
* gpgsm: Unless CRL checking is disabled lookup a missing issuer
certificate using the certificate's authorityInfoAccess. [#4898]
* gpgsm: Print the certificate's serial number also in decimal
* gpgsm: Fix possible NULL-deref in messages of --gen-key. [#4895]
* scd: Support the CardOS 5 based D-Trust Card 3.1.
* dirmngr: Allow http URLs with "LOOKUP --url".
* wkd: Take name of sendmail from configure. Fixes an OpenBSD
specific bug. [#4886]
* Support a command history file in gpg-card and gpg-connect-agent.
Changes also found in 2.2.20:
* In constrast to 2.2 no explicit protection against overflow of the
error counter is needed because libgpg-error takes care of this.
* gpg: Make really sure that --verify-files always returns an error.
* gpg: Fix key listing --with-secret if a pattern is given. [#4061]
* gpg: Fix detection of certain keys used as default-key. [#4810]
* gpg: Fix default-key selection when a card is available. [#4850]
* gpg: Fix key expiration and key usage for keys created with a
creation date of zero. [4670]
* gpgsm: Fix import of some CR,LF terminated certificates. [#4847]
* gpg: New options --include-key-block and --auto-key-import to
allow encrypted replies after an initial signed message. [#4856]
* gpg: Allow the use of a fingerprint with --trusted-key. [#4855]
* gpg: New property "fpr" for use by --export-filter.
* scdaemon: Disable the pinpad if a KDF DO is used. [#4832]
* dirmngr: Improve finding OCSP certificates. [#4536]
* Avoid build problems with LTO or gcc-10. [#4831]
Changes also found in 2.2.19:
* gpg: Only in 2.2.19; not requird in master: Fix double free when
decrypting for hidden recipients. Regression in 2.2.18. [#4762].
* gpg: Use auto-key-locate for encryption even for mail addresses
given with angle brackets. [#4726]
* gpgsm: Add special case for certain expired intermediate
certificates. [#4696]
Changes also found in 2.2.18:
* gpg: Changed the way keys are detected on a smartcards; this
allows the use of non-OpenPGP cards. In the case of a not very
likely regression the new option --use-only-openpgp-card is
available. [#4681]
* gpg: The commands --full-gen-key and --quick-gen-key now allow
direct key generation from supported cards. [#4681]
* gpg: Prepare against chosen-prefix SHA-1 collisions in key
signatures. This change removes all SHA-1 based key signature
from the web-of-trust. Note that this includes all key signature
created with dsa1024 keys. (Version 2.2.18 limits this to key
signatures newer than 2019-01-19.) The new option
--allow-weak-key-signatues can be used to override the new and
safer behaviour. [#4755,CVE-2019-14855]
* gpg: Improve performance for import of large keyblocks. [#4592]
* gpg: Implement a keybox compression run. [#4644]
* gpg: Show warnings from dirmngr about redirect and certificate
problems (details require --verbose as usual).
* gpg: Allow to pass the empty string for the passphrase if the
'--passphase=' syntax is used. [#4633]
* gpg: Fix printing of the KDF object attributes.
* gpg: Avoid surprises with --locate-external-key and certain
--auto-key-locate settings. [#4662]
* gpg: Improve selection of best matching key. [#4713]
* gpg: Delete key binding signature when deleting a subkey.
* gpg: Fix a potential loss of key signatures during import with
self-sigs-only active. [#4628]
* gpg: Silence "marked as ultimately trusted" diagnostics if
option --quiet is used. [#4634]
* gpg: Silence some diagnostics during in key listsing even with
option --verbose. [#4627]
* gpg, gpgsm: Change parsing of agent's pkdecrypt results. [#4652]
* gpgsm: Support AES-256 keys.
* gpgsm: Fix a bug in triggering a keybox compression run if
--faked-system-time is used.
* dirmngr: System CA certificates are no longer used for the SKS
pool if GNUTLS instead of NTBTLS is used as TLS library. [#4594]
* dirmngr: On Windows detect usability of IPv4 and IPv6 interfaces
to avoid long timeouts. [#4165]
* scd: Fix BWI value for APDU level transfers to make Gemalto Ezio
Shield and Trustica Cryptoucan work. [#4654,#4566]
* wkd: gpg-wks-client --install-key now installs the required policy
Changes also found in 2.2.17:
* gpg: Ignore all key-signatures received from keyservers. This
change is required to mitigate a DoS due to keys flooded with
faked key-signatures. The old behaviour can be achieved by adding
keyserver-options no-self-sigs-only,no-import-clean
to your gpg.conf. [#4607]
* gpg: If an imported keyblocks is too large to be stored in the
keybox (pubring.kbx) do not error out but fallback to an import
using the options "self-sigs-only,import-clean". [#4591]
* gpg: New command --locate-external-key which can be used to
refresh keys from the Web Key Directory or via other methods
configured with --auto-key-locate.
* gpg: New import option "self-sigs-only".
* gpg: In --auto-key-retrieve prefer WKD over keyservers. [#4595]
* dirmngr: Support the "openpgpkey" subdomain feature from
draft-koch-openpgp-webkey-service-07. [#4590].
* dirmngr: Add an exception for the "openpgpkey" subdomain to the
CSRF protection. [#4603]
* dirmngr: Fix endless loop due to http errors 503 and 504. [#4600]
* dirmngr: Fix TLS bug during redirection of HKP requests. [#4566]
* gpgconf: Fix a race condition when killing components. [#4577]
Changes also found in 2.2.16:
* gpg,gpgsm: Fix deadlock on Windows due to a keybox sharing
violation. [#4505]
* gpg: Allow deletion of subkeys with --delete-key. This finally
makes the bang-suffix work as expected for that command. [#4457]
* gpg: Replace SHA-1 by SHA-256 in self-signatures when updating
them with --quick-set-expire or --quick-set-primary-uid. [#4508]
* gpg: Improve the photo image viewer selection. [#4334]
* gpg: Fix decryption with --use-embedded-filename. [#4500]
* gpg: Remove hints on using the --keyserver option. [#4512]
* gpg: Fix export of certain secret keys with comments. [#4490]
* gpg: Reject too long user-ids in --quick-gen-key. [#4532]
* gpg: Fix a double free in the best key selection code. [#4462]
* gpg: Fix the key generation dialog for switching back from EdDSA
* gpg: Use AES-192 with SHA-384 to comply with RFC-6637.
* gpg: Use only the addrspec from the Signer's UID subpacket to
mitigate a problem with another implementation.
* gpg: Skip invalid packets during a keyring listing and sync
diagnostics with the output.
* gpgsm: Avoid confusing diagnostic when signing with the default
key. [#4535]
* agent: Do not delete any secret key in --dry-run mode.
* agent: Fix failures on 64 bit big-endian boxes related to URIs in
a keyfile. [#4501]
* agent: Stop scdaemon after a reload with disable-scdaemon newly
configured. [#4326]
* dirmngr: Improve caching algorithm for WKD domains.
* dirmngr: Support other hash algorithms than SHA-1 for OCSP. [#3966]
* gpgconf: Make --homedir work for --launch. [#4496]
* gpgconf: Before --launch check for a valid config file. [#4497]
* wkd: Do not import more than 5 keys from one WKD address.
* wkd: Accept keys which are stored in armored format in the
* The installer for Windows now comes with signed binaries.
Changes also found in 2.2.15:
* sm: Fix --logger-fd and --status-fd on Windows for non-standard
file descriptors.
* sm: Allow decryption even if expired keys are configured. [#4431]
* agent: Change command KEYINFO to print ssh fingerprints with other
hash algos.
* dirmngr: Fix build problems on Solaris due to the use of reserved
symbol names. [#4420]
* wkd: New commands --print-wkd-hash and --print-wkd-url for
Changes also found in 2.2.14:
* gpg: Allow import of PGP desktop exported secret keys. Also avoid
importing secret keys if the secret keyblock is not valid. [#4392]
* gpg: Make invalid primary key algo obvious in key listings.
* sm: Do not mark a certificate in a key listing as de-vs compliant
if its use for a signature will not be possible.
* sm: Fix certificate creation with key on card.
* sm: Create rsa3072 bit certificates by default.
* sm: Print Yubikey attestation extensions with --dump-cert.
* agent: Fix cancellation handling for scdaemon.
* agent: Support --mode=ssh option for CLEAR_PASSPHRASE. [#4340]
* scd: Fix flushing of the CA-FPR DOs in app-openpgp.
* scd: Avoid a conflict error with the "undefined" app.
* dirmngr: Add CSRF protection exception for protonmail.
* dirmngr: Fix build problems with gcc 9 in libdns.
* gpgconf: New option --show-socket for use with --launch.
* gpgtar: Make option -C work for archive creation.
Changes also found in 2.2.13:
* gpg: Implement key lookup via keygrip (using the & prefix).
* gpg: Allow generating Ed25519 key from existing key.
* gpg: Emit an ERROR status line if no key was found with -k.
* gpg: Stop early when trying to create a primary Elgamal key. [#4329]
* gpgsm: Print the card's key algorithms along with their keygrips
in interactive key generation.
* agent: Clear bogus pinentry cache in the error case. [#4348]
* scd: Support "acknowledge button" feature.
* scd: Fix for USB INTERRUPT transfer. [#4308]
* wks: Do no use compression for the the encrypted challenge and
Changes also found in 2.2.12:
* tools: New commands --install-key and --remove-key for
gpg-wks-client. This allows to prepare a Web Key Directory on a
local file system for later upload to a web server.
* gpg: New --list-option "show-only-fpr-mbox". This makes the use
of the new gpg-wks-client --install-key command easier on Windows.
* gpg: Improve processing speed when --skip-verify is used.
* gpg: Fix a bug where a LF was accidentally written to the console.
* gpg: --card-status now shows whether a card has the new KDF
feature enabled.
* agent: New runtime option --s2k-calibration=MSEC. New configure
option --with-agent-s2k-calibration=MSEC. [#3399]
* dirmngr: Try another keyserver from the pool on receiving a 502,
503, or 504 error. [#4175]
* dirmngr: Avoid possible CSRF attacks via http redirects. A HTTP
query will not anymore follow a 3xx redirect unless the Location
header gives the same host. If the host is different only the
host and port is taken from the Location header and the original
path and query parts are kept.
* dirmngr: New command FLUSHCRL to flush all CRLS from disk and
memory. [#3967]
* New simplified Chinese translation (zh_CN).
Changes also found in 2.2.11:
* gpgsm: Fix CRL loading when intermediate certificates are not yet
* gpgsm: Fix an error message about the digest algo. [#4219]
* gpg: Fix a wrong warning due to new sign usage check introduced
with 2.2.9. [#4014]
* gpg: Print the "data source" even for an unsuccessful keyserver
* gpg: Do not store the TOFU trust model in the trustdb. This
allows to enable or disable a TOFO model without triggering a
trustdb rebuild. [#4134]
* scd: Fix cases of "Bad PIN" after using "forcesig". [#4177]
* agent: Fix possible hang in the ssh handler. [#4221]
* dirmngr: Tack the unmodified mail address to a WKD request. See
commit a2bd4a64e5b057f291a60a9499f881dd47745e2f for details.
* dirmngr: Tweak diagnostic about missing LDAP server file.
* dirmngr: In verbose mode print the OCSP responder id.
* dirmngr: Fix parsing of the LDAP port. [#4230]
* wks: Add option --directory/-C to the server. Always build the
server on Unix systems.
* wks: Add option --with-colons to the client. Support sites which
use the policy file instead of the submission-address file.
* Fix EBADF when gpg et al. are called by broken CGI scripts.
* Fix some minor memory leaks and bugs.
Changes also found in 2.2.10:
* gpg: Refresh expired keys originating from the WKD. [#2917]
* gpg: Use a 256 KiB limit for a WKD imported key.
* gpg: New option --known-notation. [#4060]
* scd: Add support for the Trustica Cryptoucan reader.
* agent: Speed up starting during on-demand launching. [#3490]
* dirmngr: Validate SRV records in WKD queries.
Changes also found in 2.2.9:
* dirmngr: Fix recursive resolver mode and other bugs in the libdns
code. [#3374,#3803,#3610]
* dirmngr: When using libgpg-error 1.32 or later a GnuPG build with
NTBTLS support (e.g. the standard Windows installer) does not
anymore block for dozens of seconds before returning data.
* gpg: Fix bug in --show-keys which actually imported revocation
certificates. [#4017]
* gpg: Ignore too long user-ID and comment packets. [#4022]
* gpg: Fix crash due to bad German translation. Improved printf
format compile time check.
* gpg: Handle missing ISSUER sub packet gracefully in the presence of
the new ISSUER_FPR. [#4046]
* gpg: Allow decryption using several passphrases in most cases.
* gpg: Command --show-keys now enables the list options
show-unusable-uids, show-unusable-subkeys, show-notations and
show-policy-urls by default.
* gpg: Command --show-keys now prints revocation certificates. [#4018]
* gpg: Add revocation reason to the "rev" and "rvs" records of the
option --with-colons. [#1173]
* gpg: Export option export-clean does now remove certain expired
subkeys; export-minimal removes all expired subkeys. [#3622]
* gpg: New "usage" property for the drop-subkey filters. [#4019]
Changes also found in 2.2.8:
* gpg: Decryption of messages not using the MDC mode will now lead
to a hard failure even if a legacy cipher algorithm was used. The
option --ignore-mdc-error can be used to turn this failure into a
warning. Take care: Never use that option unconditionally or
without a prior warning.
* gpg: The MDC encryption mode is now always used regardless of the
cipher algorithm or any preferences. For testing --rfc2440 can be
used to create a message without an MDC.
* gpg: Sanitize the diagnostic output of the original file name in
verbose mode. [#4012,CVE-2018-12020]
* gpg: Detect suspicious multiple plaintext packets in a more
reliable way. [#4000]
* gpg: Fix the duplicate key signature detection code. [#3994]
* gpg: The options --no-mdc-warn, --force-mdc, --no-force-mdc,
--disable-mdc and --no-disable-mdc have no more effect.
* gpg: New command --show-keys.
* agent: Add DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS and a few other envvars to the
list of startup environment variables. [#3947]
Changes also found in 2.2.7:
* gpg: New option --no-symkey-cache to disable the passphrase cache
for symmetrical en- and decryption.
* gpg: The ERRSIG status now prints the fingerprint if that is part
of the signature.
* gpg: Relax emitting of FAILURE status lines
* gpg: Add a status flag to "sig" lines printed with --list-sigs.
* gpg: Fix "Too many open files" when using --multifile. [#3951]
* ssh: Return an error for unknown ssh-agent flags. [#3880]
* dirmngr: Fix a regression since 2.1.16 which caused corrupted CRL
caches under Windows. [#2448,#3923]
* dirmngr: Fix a CNAME problem with pools and TLS. Also use a fixed
mapping of to [#3755]
* dirmngr: Try resurrecting dead hosts earlier (from 3 to 1.5 hours).
* dirmngr: Fallback to CRL if no default OCSP responder is configured.
* dirmngr: Implement CRL fetching via https. Here a redirection to
http is explicitly allowed.
* dirmngr: Make LDAP searching and CRL fetching work under Windows.
This stopped working with 2.1. [#3937]
* agent,dirmngr: New sub-command "getenv" for "getinfo" to ease
Changes also found in 2.2.6:
* gpg,gpgsm: New option --request-origin to pretend requests coming
from a browser or a remote site.
* gpg: Fix race condition on trustdb.gpg updates due to too early
released lock. [#3839]
* gpg: Emit FAILURE status lines in almost all cases. [#3872]
* gpg: Implement --dry-run for --passwd to make checking a key's
passphrase straightforward.
* gpg: Make sure to only accept a certification capable key for key
signatures. [#3844]
* gpg: Better user interaction in --card-edit for the factory-reset
* gpg: Improve changing key attributes in --card-edit by adding an
explicit "key-attr" sub-command. [#3781]
* gpg: Print the keygrips in the --card-status.
* scd: Support KDF DO setup. [#3823]
* scd: Fix some issues with PC/SC on Windows. [#3825]
* scd: Fix suspend/resume handling in the CCID driver.
* agent: Evict cached passphrases also via a timer. [#3829]
* agent: Use separate passphrase caches depending on the request
origin. [#3858]
* ssh: Support signature flags. [#3880]
* dirmngr: Handle failures related to missing IPv6 support
gracefully. [#3331]
* Fix corner cases related to specified home directory with
drive letter on Windows. [#3720]
* Allow the use of UNC directory names as homedir. [#3818]
Changes also found in 2.2.5:
* gpg: Allow the use of the "cv25519" and "ed25519" short names in
addition to the canonical curve names in --batch --gen-key.
* gpg: Make sure to print all secret keys with option --list-only
and --decrypt. [#3718]
* gpg: Fix the use of future-default with --quick-add-key for
signing keys. [#3747]
* gpg: Select a secret key by checking availability under gpg-agent.
* gpg: Fix reversed prompt texts for --only-sign-text-ids. [#3787]
* gpg,gpgsm: Fix detection of bogus keybox blobs on 32 bit systems.
* gpgsm: Fix regression since 2.1 in --export-secret-key-raw which
got $d mod (q-1)$ wrong. Note that most tools automatically fixup
that parameter anyway.
* ssh: Fix a regression in getting the client'd PID on *BSD and
* scd: Support the KDF Data Object of the OpenPGP card 3.3. [#3152]
* scd: Fix a regression in the internal CCID driver for certain card
readers. [#3508]
* scd: Fix a problem on NetBSD killing scdaemon on gpg-agent
shutdown. [#3778]
* dirmngr: Improve returned error description on failure of DNS
resolving. [#3756]
* wks: Implement command --install-key for gpg-wks-server.
* Add option STATIC=1 to the Speedo build system to allow a build
with statically linked versions of the core GnuPG libraries. Also
use --enable-wks-tools by default by Speedo builds for Unix.
Changes also found in 2.2.4:
* gpg: Change default preferences to prefer SHA512.
* gpg: Print a warning when more than 150 MiB are encrypted using a
cipher with 64 bit block size.
* gpg: Print a warning if the MDC feature has not been used for a
* gpg: Fix regular expression of domain addresses in trust
signatures. [#2923]
* agent: New option --auto-expand-secmem to help with high numbers
of concurrent connections. Requires libgcrypt 1.8.2 for having
an effect. [#3530]
* dirmngr: Cache responses of WKD queries.
* gpgconf: Add option --status-fd.
* wks: Add commands --check and --remove-key to gpg-wks-server.
* Increase the backlog parameter of the daemons to 64 and add
option --listen-backlog.
* New configure option --enable-run-gnupg-user-socket to first try a
socket directory which is not removed by systemd at session end.
Changes also found in 2.2.3:
* gpgsm: Fix initial keybox creation on Windows. [#3507]
* dirmngr: Fix crash in case of a CRL loading error. [#3510]
* Fix the name of the Windows registry key. [Git#4f5afaf1fd]
* gpgtar: Fix wrong behaviour of --set-filename. [#3500]
* gpg: Silence AKL retrieval messages. [#3504]
* agent: Use clock or clock_gettime for calibration. [#3056]
* agent: Improve robustness of the shutdown pending
state. [Git#7ffedfab89]
Changes also found in 2.2.2:
* gpg: Avoid duplicate key imports by concurrently running gpg
processes. [#3446]
* gpg: Fix creating on-disk subkey with on-card primary key. [#3280]
* gpg: Fix validity retrieval for multiple keyrings. [Debian#878812]
* gpg: Fix --dry-run and import option show-only for secret keys.
* gpg: Print "sec" or "sbb" for secret keys with import option
import-show. [#3431]
* gpg: Make import less verbose. [#3397]
* gpg: Add alias "Key-Grip" for parameter "Keygrip" and new
parameter "Subkey-Grip" to unattended key generation. [#3478]
* gpg: Improve "factory-reset" command for OpenPGP cards. [#3286]
* gpg: Ease switching Gnuk tokens into ECC mode by using the magic
keysize value 25519.
* gpgsm: Fix --with-colon listing in crt records for fields > 12.
* gpgsm: Do not expect X.509 keyids to be unique. [#1644]
* agent: Fix stuck Pinentry when using --max-passphrase-days. [#3190]
* agent: New option --s2k-count. [#3276 (workaround)]
* dirmngr: Do not follow https-to-http redirects. [#3436]
* dirmngr: Reduce default LDAP timeout from 100 to 15 seconds. [#3487]
* gpgconf: Ignore non-installed components for commands
--apply-profile and --apply-defaults. [#3313]
* Add configure option --enable-werror. [#2423]
Changes also found in 2.2.1:
* gpg: Fix formatting of the user id in batch mode key generation
if only "name-email" is given.
* gpgv: Fix annoying "not suitable for" warnings.
* wks: Convey only the newest user id to the provider. This is the
case if different names are used with the same addr-spec.
* wks: Create a complying user id for provider policy mailbox-only.
* wks: Add workaround for
* scd: Fix the use of large ECC keys with an OpenPGP card.
* dirmngr: Use system provided root certificates if no specific HKP
certificates are configured. If build with GNUTLS, this was
already the case.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2021q2/000458.html
Release dates of 2.2 versions
Version 2.2.27 (2021-01-11)
Version 2.2.26 (2020-12-21)
Version 2.2.25 (2020-11-23)
Version 2.2.24 (2020-11-17)
Version 2.2.23 (2020-09-03)
Version 2.2.22 (2020-08-27)
Version 2.2.21 (2020-07-09)
Version 2.2.20 (2020-03-20)
Version 2.2.19 (2019-12-07)
Version 2.2.18 (2019-11-25)
Version 2.2.17 (2019-07-09)
Version 2.2.16 (2019-05-28)
Version 2.2.15 (2019-03-26)
Version 2.2.14 (2019-03-19)
Version 2.2.13 (2019-02-12)
Version 2.2.12 (2018-12-14)
Version 2.2.11 (2018-11-06)
Version 2.2.10 (2018-08-30)
Version 2.2.9 (2018-07-12)
Version 2.2.8 (2018-06-08)
Version 2.2.7 (2018-05-02)
Version 2.2.6 (2018-04-09)
Version 2.2.5 (2018-02-22)
Version 2.2.4 (2017-12-20)
Version 2.2.3 (2017-11-20)
Version 2.2.2 (2017-11-07)
Version 2.2.1 (2017-09-19)
Noteworthy changes in version 2.2.0 (2017-08-28)
This is the new long term stable branch. This branch will only see
bug fixes and no new features.
* gpg: Reverted change in 2.1.23 so that --no-auto-key-retrieve is
again the default.
* Fixed a few minor bugs.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2017q3/000413.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.23 (2017-08-09)
* gpg: "gpg" is now installed as "gpg" and not anymore as "gpg2".
If needed, the new configure option --enable-gpg-is-gpg2 can be
used to revert this.
* gpg: Options --auto-key-retrieve and --auto-key-locate "local,wkd"
are now used by default. Note: this enables keyserver and Web Key
Directory operators to notice when a signature from a locally
non-available key is being verified for the first time or when
you intend to encrypt to a mail address without having the key
locally. This new behaviour will eventually make key discovery
much easier and mostly automatic. Disable this by adding
auto-key-locate local
to your gpg.conf.
* agent: Option --no-grab is now the default. The new option --grab
allows to revert this.
* gpg: New import option "show-only".
* gpg: New option --disable-dirmngr to entirely disable network
access for gpg.
* gpg,gpgsm: Tweaked DE-VS compliance behaviour.
* New configure flag --enable-all-tests to run more extensive tests
during "make check".
* gpgsm: The keygrip is now always printed in colon mode as
documented in the man page.
* Fixed connection timeout problem under Windows.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2017q3/000412.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.22 (2017-07-28)
* gpg: Extend command --quick-set-expire to allow for setting the
expiration time of subkeys.
* gpg: By default try to repair keys during import. New sub-option
no-repair-keys for --import-options.
* gpg,gpgsm: Improved checking and reporting of DE-VS compliance.
* gpg: New options --key-origin and --with-key-origin. Store the
time of the last key update from keyservers, WKD, or DANE.
* agent: New option --ssh-fingerprint-digest.
* dimngr: Lower timeouts on keyserver connection attempts and made
it configurable.
* dirmngr: Tor will now automatically be detected and used. The
option --no-use-tor disables Tor detection.
* dirmngr: Now detects a changed /etc/resolv.conf.
* agent,dirmngr: Initiate shutdown on removal of the GnuPG home
* gpg: Avoid caching passphrase for failed symmetric encryption.
* agent: Support for unprotected ssh keys.
* dirmngr: Fixed name resolving on systems using only v6
* dirmngr: Allow the use of TLS over http proxies.
* w32: Change directory of the daemons after startup.
* wks: New man pages for client and server.
* Many other bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2017q3/000411.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.21 (2017-05-15)
* gpg,gpgsm: Fix corruption of old style keyring.gpg files. This
bug was introduced with version 2.1.20. Note that the default
pubring.kbx format was not affected.
* gpg,dirmngr: Removed the skeleton config file support. The
system's standard methods for providing default configuration
files should be used instead.
* w32: The Windows installer now allows installation of GnuPG
without Administrator permissions.
* gpg: Fixed import filter property match bug.
* scd: Removed Linux support for Cardman 4040 PCMCIA reader.
* scd: Fixed some corner case bugs in resume/suspend handling.
* Many minor bug fixes and code cleanup.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2017q2/000405.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.20 (2017-04-03)
* gpg: New properties 'expired', 'revoked', and 'disabled' for the
import and export filters.
* gpg: New command --quick-set-primary-uid.
* gpg: New compliance field for the --with-colon key listing.
* gpg: Changed the key parser to generalize the processing of local
meta data packets.
* gpg: Fixed assertion failure in the TOFU trust model.
* gpg: Fixed exporting of zero length user ID packets.
* scd: Improved support for multiple readers.
* scd: Fixed timeout handling for key generation.
* agent: New option --enable-extended-key-format.
* dirmngr: Do not add a keyserver to a new dirmngr.conf. Dirmngr
uses a default keyserver.
* dimngr: Do not treat TLS warning alerts as severe error when
building with GNUTLS.
* dirmngr: Actually take /etc/hosts in account.
* wks: Fixed client problems on Windows. Published keys are now set
to world-readable.
* tests: Fixed creation of temporary directories.
* A socket directory for a non standard GNUGHOME is now created on
the fly under /run/user. Thus "gpgconf --create-socketdir" is now
optional. The use of "gpgconf --remove-socketdir" to clean up
obsolete socket directories is however recommended to avoid
cluttering /run/user with useless directories.
* Fixed build problems on some platforms.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2017q2/000404.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.19 (2017-03-01)
* gpg: Print a warning if Tor mode is requested but the Tor daemon
is not running.
* gpg: New status code DECRYPTION_KEY to print the actual private
key used for decryption.
* gpgv: New options --log-file and --debug.
* gpg-agent: Revamp the prompts to ask for card PINs.
* scd: Support for multiple card readers.
* scd: Removed option --debug-disable-ticker. Ticker is used
only when it is required to watch removal of device/card.
* scd: Improved detection of card inserting and removal.
* dirmngr: New option --disable-ipv4.
* dirmngr: New option --no-use-tor to explicitly disable the use of
* dirmngr: The option --allow-version-check is now required even if
the option --use-tor is also used.
* dirmngr: Handle a missing nsswitch.conf gracefully.
* dirmngr: Avoid PTR lookups for keyserver pools. The are only done
for the debug command "keyserver --hosttable".
* dirmngr: Rework the internal certificate cache to support classes
of certificates. Load system provided certificates on startup.
Add options --tls, --no-crl, and --systrust to the "VALIDATE"
* dirmngr: Add support for the ntbtls library.
* wks: Create mails with a "WKS-Phase" header. Fix detection of
Draft-2 mode.
* The Windows installer is now build with limited TLS support.
* Many other bug fixes and new regression tests.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2017q1/000402.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.18 (2017-01-23)
* gpg: Remove bogus subkey signature while cleaning a key (with
export-clean, import-clean, or --edit-key's sub-command clean)
* gpg: Allow freezing the clock with --faked-system-time.
* gpg: New --export-option flag "backup", new --import-option flag
* gpg-agent: Fixed long delay due to a regression in the progress
callback code.
* scd: Lots of code cleanup and internal changes.
* scd: Improved the internal CCID driver.
* dirmngr: Fixed problem with the DNS glue code (removal of the
trailing dot in domain names).
* dirmngr: Make sure that Tor is actually enabled after changing the
conf file and sending SIGHUP or "gpgconf --reload dirmngr".
* dirmngr: Fixed Tor access to IPv6 addresses. Note that current
versions of Tor may require that the flag "IPv6Traffic" is used
with the option "SocksPort" in torrc to actually allow IPv6
* dirmngr: Fixed HKP for literally given IPv6 addresses.
* dirmngr: Enabled reverse DNS lookups via Tor.
* dirmngr: Added experimental SRV record lookup for WKD.
See commit 88dc3af3d4ae1afe1d5e136bc4c38bc4e7d4cd10 for details.
* dirmngr: For HKP use "pgpkey-hkps" and "pgpkey-hkp" in SRV record
lookups. Avoid SRV record lookup when a port is explicitly
specified. This fixes a regression from the 1.4 and 2.0 behavior.
* dirmngr: Gracefully handle a missing /etc/nsswitch.conf. Ignore
negation terms (e.g. "[!UNAVAIL=return]" instead of bailing out.
* dirmngr: Better debug output for flags "dns" and "network".
* dirmngr: On reload mark all known HKP servers alive.
* gpgconf: Allow keyword "all" for --launch, --kill, and --reload.
* tools: gpg-wks-client now ignores a missing policy file on the
* Avoid unnecessary ambiguity error message in the option parsing.
* Further improvements of the regression test suite.
* Fixed building with --disable-libdns configure option.
* Fixed a crash running the tests on 32 bit architectures.
* Fixed spurious failures on BSD system in the spawn functions.
This affected for example gpg-wks-client and gpgconf.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2017q1/000401.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.17 (2016-12-20)
* gpg: By default new keys expire after 2 years.
* gpg: New command --quick-set-expire to conveniently change the
expiration date of keys.
* gpg: Option and command names have been changed for easier
comprehension. The old names are still available as aliases.
* gpg: Improved the TOFU trust model.
* gpg: New option --default-new-key-algo.
* scd: Support OpenPGP card V3 for RSA.
* dirmngr: Support for the ADNS library has been removed. Instead
William Ahern's Libdns is now source included and used on all
platforms. This enables Tor support on all platforms. The new
option --standard-resolver can be used to disable this code at
runtime. In case of build problems the new configure option
--disable-libdns can be used to build without Libdns.
* dirmngr: Lazily launch ldap reaper thread.
* tools: New options --check and --status-fd for gpg-wks-client.
* The UTF-8 byte order mark is now skipped when reading conf files.
* Fixed many bugs and regressions.
* Major improvements to the test suite. For example it is possible
to run the external test suite of GPGME.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2016q4/000400.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.16 (2016-11-18)
* gpg: New algorithm for selecting the best ranked public key when
using a mail address with -r, -R, or --locate-key.
* gpg: New option --with-tofu-info to print a new "tfs" record in
colon formatted key listings.
* gpg: New option --compliance as an alternative way to specify
options like --rfc2440, --rfc4880, et al.
* gpg: Many changes to the TOFU implementation.
* gpg: Improve usability of --quick-gen-key.
* gpg: In --verbose mode print a diagnostic when a pinentry is
* gpg: Remove code which warns for old versions of gnome-keyring.
* gpg: New option --override-session-key-fd.
* gpg: Option --output does now work with --verify.
* gpgv: New option --output to allow saving the verified data.
* gpgv: New option --enable-special-filenames.
* agent, dirmngr: New --supervised mode for use by systemd and alike.
* agent: By default listen on all available sockets using standard
* agent: Invoke scdaemon with --homedir.
* dirmngr: On Linux now detects the removal of its own socket and
* scd: Support ECC key generation.
* scd: Support more card readers.
* dirmngr: New option --allow-version-check to download a software
version database in the background.
* dirmngr: Use system provided CAs if no --hkp-cacert is given.
* dirmngr: Use a default keyserver if none is explicitly set
* gpgconf: New command --query-swdb to check software versions
against an copy of an online database.
* gpgconf: Print the socket directory with --list-dirs.
* tools: The WKS tools now support draft version -02.
* tools: Always build gpg-wks-client and install under libexec.
* tools: New option --supported for gpg-wks-client.
* The log-file option now accepts a value "socket://" to log to the
socket named "S.log" in the standard socket directory.
* Provide fake pinentries for use by tests cases of downstream
* Fixed many bugs and regressions.
* Many changes and improvements for the test suite.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2016q4/000398.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.15 (2016-08-18)
* gpg: Remove the --tofu-db-format option and support for the split
TOFU database.
* gpg: Add option --sender to prepare for coming features.
* gpg: Add option --input-size-hint to help progress indicators.
* gpg: Extend the PROGRESS status line with the counted unit.
* gpg: Avoid publishing the GnuPG version by default with --armor.
* gpg: Properly ignore legacy keys in the keyring cache.
* gpg: Always print fingerprint records in --with-colons mode.
* gpg: Make sure that keygrips are printed for each subkey in
--with-colons mode.
* gpg: New import filter "drop-sig".
* gpgsm: Fix a bug in the machine-readable key listing.
* gpg,gpgsm: Block signals during keyring updates to limits the
effects of a Ctrl-C at the wrong time.
* g13: Add command --umount and other fixes for dm-crypt.
* agent: Fix regression in SIGTERM handling.
* agent: Cleanup of the ssh-agent code.
* agent: Allow import of overly long keys.
* scd: Fix problems with card removal.
* dirmngr: Remove all code for running as a system service.
* tools: Make gpg-wks-client conforming to the specs.
* tests: Improve the output of the new regression test tool.
* tests: Distribute the standalone test runner.
* tests: Run each test in a clean environment.
* Spelling and grammar fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2016q3/000396.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.14 (2016-07-14)
* gpg: Removed options --print-dane-records and --print-pka-records.
The new export options "export-pka" and "export-dane" can instead
be used with the export command.
* gpg: New options --import-filter and --export-filter.
* gpg: New import options "import-show" and "import-export".
* gpg: New option --no-keyring.
* gpg: New command --quick-revuid.
* gpg: New options -f/--recipient-file and -F/--hidden-recipient-file
to directly specify encryption keys.
* gpg: New option --mimemode to indicate that the content is a MIME
part. Does only enable --textmode right now.
* gpg: New option --rfc4880bis to allow experiments with proposed
changes to the current OpenPGP specs.
* gpg: Fix regression in the "fetch" sub-command of --card-edit.
* gpg: Fix regression since 2.1 in option --try-all-secrets.
* gpgv: Change default options for extra security.
* gpgsm: No more root certificates are installed by default.
* agent: "updatestartuptty" does now affect more environment
* scd: The option --homedir does now work with scdaemon.
* scd: Support some more GEMPlus card readers.
* gpgtar: Fix handling of '-' as file name.
* gpgtar: New commands --create and --extract.
* gpgconf: Tweak for --list-dirs to better support shell scripts.
* tools: Add programs gpg-wks-client and gpg-wks-server to implement
a Web Key Service. The configure option --enable-wks-tools is
required to build them; they should be considered Beta software.
* tests: Complete rework of the openpgp part of the test suite. The
test scripts have been changed from Bourne shell scripts to Scheme
programs. A customized scheme interpreter (gpgscm) is included.
This change was triggered by the need to run the test suite on
non-Unix platforms.
* The rendering of the man pages has been improved.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2016q3/000393.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.13 (2016-06-16)
* gpg: New command --quick-addkey. Extend the --quick-gen-key
* gpg: New --keyid-format "none" which is now also the default.
* gpg: New option --with-subkey-fingerprint.
* gpg: Include Signer's UID subpacket in signatures if the secret key
has been specified using a mail address and the new option
--disable-signer-uid is not used.
* gpg: Allow unattended deletion of a secret key.
* gpg: Allow export of non-passphrase protected secret keys.
* gpg: New status lines KEY_CONSIDERED and NOTATION_FLAGS.
* gpg: Change status line TOFU_STATS_LONG to use '~' as
a non-breaking-space character.
* gpg: Speedup key listings in Tofu mode.
* gpg: Make sure that the current and total values of a PROGRESS
status line are small enough.
* gpgsm: Allow the use of AES192 and SERPENT ciphers.
* dirmngr: Adjust WKD lookup to current specs.
* dirmngr: Fallback to LDAP v3 if v2 is is not supported.
* gpgconf: New commands --create-socketdir and --remove-socketdir,
new option --homedir.
* If a /run/user/$UID directory exists, that directory is now used
for IPC sockets instead of the GNUPGHOME directory. This fixes
problems with NFS and too long socket names and thus avoids the
need for redirection files.
* The Speedo build systems now uses the new server
to retrieve the default package versions.
* Fix detection of libusb on FreeBSD.
* Speedup fd closing after a fork.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2016q2/000390.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.12 (2016-05-04)
* gpg: New --edit-key sub-command "change-usage" for testing
* gpg: Out of order key-signatures are now systematically detected
and fixed by --edit-key.
* gpg: Improved detection of non-armored messages.
* gpg: Removed the extra prompt needed to create Curve25519 keys.
* gpg: Improved user ID selection for --quick-sign-key.
* gpg: Use the root CAs provided by the system with --fetch-key.
* gpg: Add support for the experimental Web Key Directory key
location service.
* gpg: Improve formatting of Tofu messages and emit new Tofu specific
status lines.
* gpgsm: Add option --pinentry-mode to support a loopback pinentry.
* gpgsm: A new pubring.kbx is now created with the header blob so
that gpg can detect that the keybox format needs to be used.
* agent: Add read support for the new private key protection format
* agent: Add read support for the new extended private key format.
* agent: Default to --allow-loopback-pinentry and add option
* scd: Changed to use the new libusb 1.0 API for the internal CCID
* dirmngr: The dirmngr-client does now auto-detect the PEM format.
* g13: Add experimental support for dm-crypt.
* w32: Tofu support is now available with the Speedo build method.
* w32: Removed the need for libiconv.dll.
* The man pages for gpg and gpgv are now installed under the correct
name (gpg2 or gpg - depending on a configure option).
* Lots of internal cleanups and bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2016q2/000387.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.11 (2016-01-26)
* gpg: New command --export-ssh-key to replace the gpgkey2ssh tool.
* gpg: Allow to generate mail address only keys with --gen-key.
* gpg: "--list-options show-usage" is now the default.
* gpg: Make lookup of DNS CERT records holding an URL work.
* gpg: Emit PROGRESS status lines during key generation.
* gpg: Don't check for ambiguous or non-matching key specification in
the config file or given to --encrypt-to. This feature will return
in 2.3.x.
* gpg: Lock keybox files while updating them.
* gpg: Solve rare error on Windows during keyring and Keybox updates.
* gpg: Fix possible keyring corruption. (bug#2193)
* gpg: Fix regression of "bkuptocard" sub-command in --edit-key and
remove "checkbkupkey" sub-command introduced with 2.1. (bug#2169)
* gpg: Fix internal error in gpgv when using default keyid-format.
* gpg: Fix --auto-key-retrieve to work with dirmngr.conf configured
keyservers. (bug#2147).
* agent: New option --pinentry-timeout.
* scd: Improve unplugging of USB readers under Windows.
* scd: Fix regression for generating RSA keys on card.
* dirmmgr: All configured keyservers are now searched.
* dirmngr: Install CA certificate for
Use this certificate even if --hkp-cacert is not used.
* gpgtar: Add actual encryption code. gpgtar does now fully replace
* gpgtar: Fix filename encoding problem on Windows.
* Print a warning if a GnuPG component is using an older version of
gpg-agent, dirmngr, or scdaemon.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2016q1/000383.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.10 (2015-12-04)
* gpg: New trust models "tofu" and "tofu+pgp".
* gpg: New command --tofu-policy. New options --tofu-default-policy
and --tofu-db-format.
* gpg: New option --weak-digest to specify hash algorithms which
should be considered weak.
* gpg: Allow the use of multiple --default-key options; take the last
available key.
* gpg: New option --encrypt-to-default-key.
* gpg: New option --unwrap to only strip the encryption layer.
* gpg: New option --only-sign-text-ids to exclude photo IDs from key
* gpg: Check for ambiguous or non-matching key specification in the
config file or given to --encrypt-to.
* gpg: Show the used card reader with --card-status.
* gpg: Print export statistics and an EXPORTED status line.
* gpg: Allow selecting subkeys by keyid in --edit-key.
* gpg: Allow updating the expiration time of multiple subkeys at
* dirmngr: New option --use-tor. For full support this requires
libassuan version 2.4.2 and a patched version of libadns
(e.g. adns-1.4-g10-7 as used by the standard Windows installer).
* dirmngr: New option --nameserver to specify the nameserver used in
Tor mode.
* dirmngr: Keyservers may again be specified by IP address.
* dirmngr: Fixed problems in resolving keyserver pools.
* dirmngr: Fixed handling of premature termination of TLS streams so
that large numbers of keys can be refreshed via hkps.
* gpg: Fixed a regression in --locate-key [since 2.1.9].
* gpg: Fixed another bug for keyrings with legacy keys.
* gpgsm: Allow combinations of usage flags in --gen-key.
* Make tilde expansion work with most options.
* Many other cleanups and bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2015q4/000381.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.9 (2015-10-09)
* gpg: Allow fetching keys via OpenPGP DANE (--auto-key-locate). New
option --print-dane-records. [Update: --print-dane-records replaced
in 2.1.4.]
* gpg: Fix for a problem with PGP-2 keys in a keyring.
* gpg: Fail with an error instead of a warning if a modern cipher
algorithm is used without a MDC.
* agent: New option --pinentry-invisible-char.
* agent: Always do a RSA signature verification after creation.
* agent: Fix a regression in ssh-add-ing Ed25519 keys.
* agent: Fix ssh fingerprint computation for nistp384 and EdDSA.
* agent: Fix crash during passphrase entry on some platforms.
* scd: Change timeout to fix problems with some 2.1 cards.
* dirmngr: Displayed name is now Key Acquirer.
* dirmngr: Add option --keyserver. Deprecate that option for gpg.
Install a dirmngr.conf file from a skeleton for new installations.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2015q4/000380.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.8 (2015-09-10)
* gpg: Sending very large keys to the keyservers works again.
* gpg: Validity strings in key listings are now again translatable.
* gpg: Emit FAILURE status lines to help GPGME.
* gpg: Does not anymore link to Libksba to reduce dependencies.
* gpgsm: Export of secret keys via Assuan is now possible.
* agent: Raise the maximum passphrase length from 100 to 255 bytes.
* agent: Fix regression using EdDSA keys with ssh.
* Does not anymore use a build timestamp by default.
* The fallback encoding for broken locale settings changed
from Latin-1 to UTF-8.
* Many code cleanups and improved internal documentation.
* Various minor bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2015q3/000379.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.7 (2015-08-11)
* gpg: Support encryption with Curve25519 if Libgcrypt 1.7 is used.
* gpg: In the --edit-key menu: Removed the need for "toggle", changed
how secret keys are indicated, new commands "fpr *" and "grip".
* gpg: More fixes related to legacy keys in a keyring.
* gpgv: Does now also work with a "trustedkeys.kbx" file.
* scd: Support some feature from the OpenPGP card 3.0 specs.
* scd: Improved ECC support
* agent: New option --force for the DELETE_KEY command.
* w32: Look for the Pinentry at more places.
* Dropped deprecated
* Various other bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2015q3/000371.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.6 (2015-07-01)
* agent: New option --verify for the PASSWD command.
* gpgsm: Add command option "offline" as an alternative to
* gpg: Do not prompt multiple times for a password in pinentry
loopback mode.
* Allow the use of debug category names with --debug.
* Using gpg-agent and gpg/gpgsm with different locales will now show
the correct translations in Pinentry.
* gpg: Improve speed of --list-sigs and --check-sigs.
* gpg: Make --list-options show-sig-subpackets work again.
* gpg: Fix an export problem for old keyrings with PGP-2 keys.
* scd: Support PIN-pads on more readers.
* dirmngr: Properly cleanup zombie LDAP helper processes and avoid
hangs on dirmngr shutdown.
* Various other bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2015q3/000370.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.5 (2015-06-11)
* Support for an external passphrase cache.
* Support for the forthcoming version 3 OpenPGP smartcard.
* Manuals now show the actual used file names.
* Prepared for improved integration with Emacs.
* Code cleanups and minor bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2015q2/000369.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.4 (2015-05-12)
* gpg: Add command --quick-adduid to non-interactively add a new user
id to an existing key.
* gpg: Do no enable honor-keyserver-url by default. Make it work if
* gpg: Display the serial number in the --card-status output again.
* agent: Support for external password managers.
Add option --no-allow-external-cache.
* scdaemon: Improved handling of extended APDUs.
* Make HTTP proxies work again.
* All network access including DNS as been moved to Dirmngr.
* Allow building without LDAP support.
* Fixed lots of smaller bugs.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2015q2/000366.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.3 (2015-04-11)
* gpg: LDAP keyservers are now supported by 2.1.
* gpg: New option --with-icao-spelling.
* gpg: New option --print-pka-records. Changed the PKA method to use
CERT records and hashed names. [Update: --print-pka-records
replaced in 2.1.14.]
* gpg: New command --list-gcrypt-config. New parameter "curve"
for --list-config.
* gpg: Print a NEWSIG status line like gpgsm always did.
* gpg: Print MPI values with --list-packets and --verbose.
* gpg: Write correct MPI lengths with ECC keys.
* gpg: Skip legacy PGP-2 keys while searching.
* gpg: Improved searching for mail addresses when using a keybox.
* gpgsm: Changed default algos to AES-128 and SHA-256.
* gpgtar: Fixed extracting files with sizes of a multiple of 512.
* dirmngr: Fixed SNI handling for hkps pools.
* dirmngr: extra-certs and trusted-certs are now always loaded from
the sysconfig dir instead of the homedir.
* Fixed possible problems due to compiler optimization, two minor
regressions, and other bugs.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2015q2/000365.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.2 (2015-02-11)
* gpg: The parameter 'Passphrase' for batch key generation works
* gpg: Using a passphrase option in batch mode now has the expected
effect on --quick-gen-key.
* gpg: Improved reporting of unsupported PGP-2 keys.
* gpg: Added support for algo names when generating keys using
* gpg: Fixed DoS based on bogus and overlong key packets.
* agent: When setting --default-cache-ttl the value
for --max-cache-ttl is adjusted to be not lower than the former.
* agent: Fixed problems with the new --extra-socket.
* agent: Made --allow-loopback-pinentry changeable with gpgconf.
* agent: Fixed importing of unprotected openpgp keys.
* agent: Now tries to use a fallback pinentry if the standard
pinentry is not installed.
* scd: Added support for ECDH.
* Fixed several bugs related to bogus keyrings and improved some
other code.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2015q1/000361.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.1 (2014-12-16)
* gpg: Detect faulty use of --verify on detached signatures.
* gpg: New import option "keep-ownertrust".
* gpg: New sub-command "factory-reset" for --card-edit.
* gpg: A stub key for smartcards is now created by --card-status.
* gpg: Fixed regression in --refresh-keys.
* gpg: Fixed regression in %g and %p codes for --sig-notation.
* gpg: Fixed best matching hash algo detection for ECDSA and EdDSA.
* gpg: Improved perceived speed of secret key listisngs.
* gpg: Print number of skipped PGP-2 keys on import.
* gpg: Removed the option aliases --throw-keyid and --notation-data;
use --throw-keyids and --set-notation instead.
* gpg: New import option "keep-ownertrust".
* gpg: Skip too large keys during import.
* gpg,gpgsm: New option --no-autostart to avoid starting gpg-agent or
* gpg-agent: New option --extra-socket to provide a restricted
command set for use with remote clients.
* gpgconf --kill does not anymore start a service only to kill it.
* gpg-pconnect-agent: Add convenience option --uiserver.
* Fixed keyserver access for Windows.
* Fixed build problems on Mac OS X
* The Windows installer does now install development files
* More translations (but most of them are not complete).
* To support remotely mounted home directories, the IPC sockets may
now be redirected. This feature requires Libassuan 2.2.0.
* Improved portability and the usual bunch of bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2014q4/000360.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.0 (2014-11-06)
This release introduces a lot of changes. Most of them are internal
and thus not user visible. However, some long standing behavior has
slightly changed and it is strongly suggested that an existing
"~/.gnupg" directory is backed up before this version is used.
A verbose description of the major new features and changes can be
found in the file doc/whats-new-in-2.1.txt.
* gpg: All support for v3 (PGP 2) keys has been dropped. All
signatures are now created as v4 signatures. v3 keys will be
removed from the keyring.
* gpg: With pinentry-0.9.0 the passphrase "enter again" prompt shows
up in the same window as the "new passphrase" prompt.
* gpg: Allow importing keys with duplicated long key ids.
* dirmngr: May now be build without support for LDAP.
* For a complete list of changes see the lists of changes for the
2.1.0 beta versions below. Note that all relevant fixes from
versions 2.0.14 to 2.0.26 are also applied to this version.
[Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.0-beta864 (2014-10-03)]
* gpg: Removed the GPG_AGENT_INFO related code. GnuPG does now
always use a fixed socket name in its home directory.
* gpg: Renamed --gen-key to --full-gen-key and re-added a --gen-key
command with less choices.
* gpg: Use SHA-256 for all signature types also on RSA keys.
* gpg: Default keyring is now created with a .kbx suffix.
* gpg: Add a shortcut to the key capabilities menu (e.g. "=e" sets the
encryption capabilities).
* gpg: Fixed obsolete options parsing.
* Further improvements for the alternative speedo build system.
[Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.0-beta834 (2014-09-18)]
* gpg: Improved passphrase caching.
* gpg: Switched to algorithm number 22 for EdDSA.
* gpg: Removed CAST5 from the default preferences.
* gpg: Order SHA-1 last in the hash preferences.
* gpg: Changed default cipher for --symmetric to AES-128.
* gpg: Fixed export of ECC keys and import of EdDSA keys.
* dirmngr: Fixed the KS_FETCH command.
* The speedo build system now downloads related packages and works
for non-Windows platforms.
[Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.0-beta783 (2014-08-14)]
* gpg: Add command --quick-gen-key.
* gpg: Make --quick-sign-key promote local key signatures.
* gpg: Added "show-usage" sub-option to --list-options.
* gpg: Screen keyserver responses to avoid importing unwanted keys
from rogue servers.
* gpg: Removed the option --pgp2 and --rfc1991 and the ability to
create PGP-2 compatible messages.
* gpg: Removed options --compress-keys and --compress-sigs.
* gpg: Cap attribute packets at 16MB.
* gpg: Improved output of --list-packets.
* gpg: Make with-colons output of --search-keys work again.
* gpgsm: Auto-create the ".gnupg" directory like gpg does.
* agent: Fold new passphrase warning prompts into one.
* scdaemon: Add support for the Smartcard-HSM card.
* scdaemon: Remove the use of the pcsc-wrapper.
[Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.0-beta751 (2014-07-03)]
* gpg: Create revocation certificates during key generation.
* gpg: Create exported secret keys and revocation certifciates with
mode 0700
* gpg: The validity of user ids is now shown by default. To revert
this add "list-options no-show-uid-validity" to gpg.conf.
* gpg: Make export of secret keys work again.
* gpg: The output of --list-packets does now print the offset of the
packet and information about the packet header.
* gpg: Avoid DoS due to garbled compressed data packets. [CVE-2014-4617]
* gpg: Print more specific reason codes with the INV_RECP status.
* gpg: Cap RSA and Elgamal keysize at 4096 bit also for unattended
key generation.
* scdaemon: Support reader Gemalto IDBridge CT30 and pinpad of SCT
cyberJack go.
* The speedo build system has been improved. It is now also possible
to build a partly working installer for Windows.
[Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.0-beta442 (2014-06-05)]
* gpg: Changed the format of key listings. To revert to the old
format the option --legacy-list-mode is available.
* gpg: Add experimental signature support using curve Ed25519 and
with a patched Libgcrypt also encryption support with Curve25519.
[Update: this encryption support has been removed from 2.1.0 until
we have agreed on a suitable format.]
* gpg: Allow use of Brainpool curves.
* gpg: Accepts a space separated fingerprint as user ID. This
allows to copy and paste the fingerprint from the key listing.
* gpg: The hash algorithm is now printed for signature records in key
* gpg: Reject signatures made using the MD5 hash algorithm unless the
new option --allow-weak-digest-algos or --pgp2 are given.
* gpg: Print a warning if the Gnome-Keyring-Daemon intercepts the
communication with the gpg-agent.
* gpg: New option --pinentry-mode.
* gpg: Fixed decryption using an OpenPGP card.
* gpg: Fixed bug with deeply nested compressed packets.
* gpg: Only the major version number is by default included in the
armored output.
* gpg: Do not create a trustdb file if --trust-model=always is used.
* gpg: Protect against rogue keyservers sending secret keys.
* gpg: The format of the fallback key listing ("gpg KEYFILE") is now
more aligned to the regular key listing ("gpg -k").
* gpg: The option--show-session-key prints its output now before the
decryption of the bulk message starts.
* gpg: New %U expando for the photo viewer.
* gpg,gpgsm: New option --with-secret.
* gpgsm: By default the users are now asked via the Pinentry whether
they trust an X.509 root key. To prohibit interactive marking of
such keys, the new option --no-allow-mark-trusted may be used.
* gpgsm: New commands to export a secret RSA key in PKCS#1 or PKCS#8
* gpgsm: Improved handling of re-issued CA certificates.
* agent: The included ssh agent does now support ECDSA keys.
* agent: New option --enable-putty-support to allow gpg-agent on
Windows to act as a Pageant replacement with full smartcard support.
* scdaemon: New option --enable-pinpad-varlen.
* scdaemon: Various fixes for pinpad equipped card readers.
* scdaemon: Rename option --disable-pinpad (was --disable-keypad).
* scdaemon: Better support for CCID readers. Now, internal CCID
driver supports readers with no auto configuration feature.
* dirmngr: Removed support for the original HKP keyserver which is
not anymore used by any site.
* dirmngr: Improved support for keyserver pools.
* tools: New option --dirmngr for gpg-connect-agent.
* The GNU Pth library has been replaced by the new nPth library.
* Support installation as portable application under Windows.
* All kind of other improvements - see the git log.
[Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.0beta3 (2011-12-20)]
* gpg: Fixed regression in the secret key export function.
* gpg: Allow generation of card keys up to 4096 bit.
* gpgsm: Preliminary support for the validation model "steed".
* gpgsm: Improved certificate creation.
* agent: Support the SSH confirm flag.
* agent: New option to select a passphrase mode. The loopback
mode may be used to bypass Pinentry.
* agent: The Assuan commands KILLAGENT and KILLSCD are working again.
* scdaemon: Does not anymore block after changing a card (regression
* tools: gpg-connect-agent does now properly display the help output
for "SCD HELP" commands.
[Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.0beta2 (2011-03-08)]
* gpg: ECC support as described by draft-jivsov-openpgp-ecc-06.txt
[Update: now known as RFC-6637].
* gpg: Print "AES128" instead of "AES". This change introduces a
little incompatibility for tools using "gpg --list-config". We
hope that these tools are written robust enough to accept this new
algorithm name as well.
* gpgsm: New feature to create certificates from a parameter file.
Add prompt to the --gen-key UI to create self-signed certificates.
* agent: TMPDIR is now also honored when creating a socket using
the --no-standard-socket option and with symcryptrun's temp files.
* scdaemon: Fixed a bug where scdaemon sends a signal to gpg-agent
running in non-daemon mode.
* dirmngr: Fixed CRL loading under W32 (bug#1010).
* Dirmngr has taken over the function of the keyserver helpers. Thus
we now have a specified direct interface to keyservers via Dirmngr.
LDAP, DNS and mail backends are not yet implemented.
* Fixed TTY management for pinentries and session variable update
[Noteworthy changes in version 2.1.0beta1 (2010-10-26)]
* gpg: secring.gpg is not anymore used but all secret key operations
are delegated to gpg-agent. The import command moves secret keys
to the agent.
* gpg: The OpenPGP import command is now able to merge secret keys.
* gpg: Encrypted OpenPGP messages with trailing data (e.g. other
OpenPGP packets) are now correctly parsed.
* gpg: Given sufficient permissions Dirmngr is started automagically.
* gpg: Fixed output of "gpgconf --check-options".
* gpg: Removed options --export-options(export-secret-subkey-passwd)
and --simple-sk-checksum.
* gpg: New options --try-secret-key.
* gpg: Support DNS lookups for SRV, PKA and CERT on W32.
* gpgsm: The --audit-log feature is now more complete.
* gpgsm: The default for --include-cert is now to include all
certificates in the chain except for the root certificate.
* gpgsm: New option --ignore-cert-extension.
* g13: The G13 tool for disk encryption key management has been
* agent: If the agent's --use-standard-socket option is active, all
tools try to start and daemonize the agent on the fly. In the past
this was only supported on W32; on non-W32 systems the new
configure option --disable-standard-socket may now be used to
disable this new default.
* agent: New and changed passphrases are now created with an
iteration count requiring about 100ms of CPU work.
* dirmngr: Dirmngr is now a part of this package. It is now also
expected to run as a system service and the configuration
directories are changed to the GnuPG name space. [Update: 2.1.0
starts dirmngr on demand as user daemon.]
* Support for Windows CE. [Update: This has not been tested for the
2.1.0 release]
* Numerical values may now be used as an alternative to the
debug-level keywords.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2014q4/000358.html
Version 2.0.28 (2015-06-02)
Version 2.0.27 (2015-02-18)
Version 2.0.26 (2014-08-12)
Version 2.0.25 (2014-06-30)
Version 2.0.24 (2014-06-24)
Version 2.0.23 (2014-06-03)
Version 2.0.22 (2013-10-04)
Version 2.0.21 (2013-08-19)
Version 2.0.20 (2013-05-10)
Version 2.0.19 (2012-03-27)
Version 2.0.18 (2011-08-04)
Version 2.0.17 (2011-01-13)
Version 2.0.16 (2010-07-19)
Version 2.0.15 (2010-03-09)
Version 2.0.14 (2009-12-21)
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.13 (2009-09-04)
* GPG now generates 2048 bit RSA keys by default. The default hash
algorithm preferences has changed to prefer SHA-256 over SHA-1.
2048 bit DSA keys are now generated to use a 256 bit hash algorithm
* The envvars XMODIFIERS, GTK_IM_MODULE and QT_IM_MODULE are now
passed to the Pinentry to make SCIM work.
* The GPGSM command --gen-key features a --batch mode and implements
all features of in standard mode.
* New option --re-import for GPGSM's IMPORT server command.
* Enhanced writing of existing keys to OpenPGP v2 cards.
* Add hack to the internal CCID driver to allow the use of some
Omnikey based card readers with 2048 bit keys.
* GPG now repeatedly asks the user to insert the requested OpenPGP
card. This can be disabled with --limit-card-insert-tries=1.
* Minor bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2009q3/000294.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.12 (2009-06-17)
* GPGSM now always lists ephemeral certificates if specified by
fingerprint or keygrip.
* New command "KEYINFO" for GPG_AGENT. GPGSM now also returns
information about smartcards.
* Made sure not to leak file descriptors if running gpg-agent with a
command. Restore the signal mask to solve a problem in Mono.
* Changed order of the confirmation questions for root certificates
and store negative answers in trustlist.txt.
* Better synchronization of concurrent smartcard sessions.
* Support 2048 bit OpenPGP cards.
* Support Telesec Netkey 3 cards.
* The gpg-protect-tool now uses gpg-agent via libassuan. Under
Windows the Pinentry will now be put into the foreground.
* Changed code to avoid a possible Mac OS X system freeze.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2009q2/000288.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.11 (2009-03-03)
* Fixed a problem in SCDAEMON which caused unexpected card resets.
* SCDAEMON is now aware of the Geldkarte.
* The SCDAEMON option --allow-admin is now used by default.
* GPGCONF now restarts SCdaemon if necessary.
* The default cipher algorithm in GPGSM is now again 3DES. This is
due to interoperability problems with Outlook 2003 which still
can't cope with AES.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2009q1/000287.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.10 (2009-01-12)
* [gpg] New keyserver helper gpg2keys_kdns as generic DNS CERT
lookup. Run with --help for a short description. Requires the
ADNS library.
* [gpg] New mechanisms "local" and "nodefault" for --auto-key-locate.
Fixed a few problems with this option.
* [gpg] New command --locate-keys.
* [gpg] New options --with-sig-list and --with-sig-check.
* [gpg] The option "-sat" is no longer an alias for --clearsign.
* [gpg] The option --fixed-list-mode is now implicitly used and obsolete.
* [gpg] New control statement %ask-passphrase for the unattended key
* [gpg] The algorithm to compute the SIG_ID status has been changed.
* [gpgsm] Now uses AES by default.
* [gpgsm] Made --output option work with --export-secret-key-p12.
* [gpg-agent] Terminate process if the own listening socket is not
anymore served by ourself.
* [scdaemon] Made it more robust on W32.
* [gpg-connect-agent] Accept commands given as command line arguments.
* [w32] Initialized the socket subsystem for all keyserver helpers.
* [w32] The sysconf directory has been moved from a subdirectory of
the installation directory to %CSIDL_COMMON_APPDATA%/GNU/etc/gnupg.
* [w32] The gnupg2.nls directory is not anymore used. The standard
locale directory is now used.
* [w32] Fixed a race condition between gpg and gpgsm in the use of
temporary file names.
* The gpg-preset-passphrase mechanism works again. An arbitrary
string may now be used for a custom cache ID.
* Admin PINs are cached again (bug in 2.0.9).
* Support for version 2 OpenPGP cards.
* Libgcrypt 1.4 is now required.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2009q1/000284.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.9 (2008-03-26)
* Gpgsm always tries to locate missing certificates from a running
Dirmngr's cache.
* Tweaks for Windows.
* The Admin PIN for OpenPGP cards may now be entered with the pinpad.
* Improved certificate chain construction.
* Extended the PKITS framework.
* Fixed a bug in the ambiguous name detection.
* Fixed possible memory corruption while importing OpenPGP keys (bug
introduced with 2.0.8). [CVE-2008-1530]
* Minor bug fixes.
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.8 (2007-12-20)
* Enhanced gpg-connect-agent with a small scripting language.
* New option --list-config for gpgconf.
* Fixed a crash in gpgconf.
* Gpg-agent now supports the passphrase quality bar of the latest
* The envvars XAUTHORITY and PINENTRY_USER_DATA are now passed to the
* Fixed the auto creation of the key stub for smartcards.
* Fixed a rare bug in decryption using the OpenPGP card.
* Creating DSA2 keys is now possible.
* New option --extra-digest-algo for gpgsm to allow verification of
broken signatures.
* Allow encryption with legacy Elgamal sign+encrypt keys with option
* Windows is now a supported platform.
* Made sure that under Windows the file permissions of the socket are
taken into account. This required a change of our socket emulation
code and changed the IPC protocol under Windows.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2007q4/000267.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.7 (2007-09-10)
* Fixed encryption problem if duplicate certificates are in the
* Made it work on Windows Vista. Note that the entire Windows port
is still considered Beta.
* Add new options min-passphrase-nonalpha, check-passphrase-pattern,
enforce-passphrase-constraints and max-passphrase-days to
* Add command --check-components to gpgconf. Gpgconf now uses the
installed versions of the programs and does not anymore search via
PATH for them.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2007q3/000259.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.6 (2007-08-16)
* GPGSM does now grok --default-key.
* GPGCONF is now aware of --default-key and --encrypt-to.
* GPGSM does again correctly print the serial number as well the the
various keyids. This was broken since 2.0.4.
* New option --validation-model and support for the chain-model.
* Improved Windows support.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2007q3/000258.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.5 (2007-07-05)
* Switched license to GPLv3.
* Basic support for Windows. Run "./ --build-w32" to build
it. As usual the mingw cross compiling toolchain is required.
* Fixed bug when using the --p12-charset without --armor.
* The command --gen-key may now be used instead of the script.
* Changed key generation to reveal less information about the
machine. Bug fixes for gpg2's card key generation.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2007q3/000255.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.4 (2007-05-09)
* The server mode key listing commands are now also working for
systems without the funopen/fopencookie API.
* PKCS#12 import now tries several encodings in case the passphrase
was not utf-8 encoded. New option --p12-charset for gpgsm.
* Improved the libgcrypt logging support in all modules.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2007q2/000254.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.3 (2007-03-08)
* By default, do not allow processing multiple plaintexts in a single
stream. Many programs that called GnuPG were assuming that GnuPG
did not permit this, and were thus not using the plaintext boundary
status tags that GnuPG provides. This change makes GnuPG reject
such messages by default which makes those programs safe again.
--allow-multiple-messages returns to the old behavior. [CVE-2007-1263].
* New --verify-option show-primary-uid-only.
* gpgconf may now reads a global configuration file to select which
options are changeable by a frontend. The new applygnupgdefaults
tool may be used by an admin to set default options for all users.
* The PIN pad of the Cherry XX44 keyboard is now supported. The
DINSIG and the NKS applications are now also aware of PIN pads.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2007q1/000252.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.2 (2007-01-31)
* Fixed a serious and exploitable bug in processing encrypted
packages. [CVE-2006-6235].
* Added --passphrase-repeat to set the number of times GPG will
prompt for a new passphrase to be repeated. This is useful to help
memorize a new passphrase. The default is 1 repetition.
* Using a PIN pad does now also work for the signing key.
* A warning is displayed by gpg-agent if a new passphrase is too
short. New option --min-passphrase-len defaults to 8.
* The status code BEGIN_SIGNING now shows the used hash algorithms.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2007q1/000249.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.1 (2006-11-28)
* Experimental support for the PIN pads of the SPR 532 and the Kaan
Advanced card readers. Add "disable-keypad" scdaemon.conf if you
don't want it. Does currently only work for the OpenPGP card and
its authentication and decrypt keys.
* Fixed build problems on some some platforms and crashes on amd64.
* Fixed a buffer overflow in gpg2. [bug#728,CVE-2006-6169]
See-also: gnupg-announce/2006q4/000242.html
Noteworthy changes in version 2.0.0 (2006-11-11)
* First stable version of a GnuPG integrating OpenPGP and S/MIME.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2006q4/000239.html
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.95 (2006-11-06)
* Minor bug fixes.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.94 (2006-10-24)
* Keys for gpgsm may now be specified using a keygrip. A keygrip is
indicated by a prefixing it with an ampersand.
* gpgconf now supports switching the CMS cipher algo (e.g. to AES).
* New command --gpgconf-test for all major tools. This may be used to
check whether the configuration file is sane.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.93 (2006-10-18)
* In --with-validation mode gpgsm will now also ask whether a root
certificate should be trusted.
* Link to Pth only if really necessary.
* Fixed a pubring corruption bug in gpg2 occurring when importing
signatures or keys with insane lengths.
* Fixed v3 keyID calculation bug in gpg2.
* More tweaks for certificates without extensions.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.92 (2006-10-11)
* Bug fixes.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2006q4/000236.html
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.91 (2006-10-04)
* New "relax" flag for trustlist.txt to allow root CA certificates
without BasicContraints.
* [gpg2] Removed the -k PGP 2 compatibility hack. -k is now an
alias for --list-keys.
* [gpg2] Print a warning if "-sat" is used instead of "--clearsign".
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.90 (2006-09-25)
* Made readline work for gpg.
* Cleanups und minor bug fixes.
* Included translations from gnupg 1.4.5.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.23 (2006-09-18)
* Regular man pages for most tools are now build directly from the
Texinfo source.
* The gpg code from 1.4.5 has been fully merged into this release.
The configure option --enable-gpg is still required to build this
gpg part. For production use of OpenPGP the gpg version 1.4.5 is
still recommended. Note, that gpg will be installed under the name
gpg2 to allow coexisting with an 1.4.x gpg.
* API change in gpg-agent's pkdecrypt command. Thus an older gpgsm
may not be used with the current gpg-agent.
* The scdaemon will now call a script on reader status changes.
* gpgsm now allows file descriptor passing for "INPUT", "OUTPUT" and
* The gpgsm server may now output a key listing to the output file
handle. This needs to be enabled using "OPTION list-to-output=1".
* The --output option of gpgsm has now an effect on list-keys.
* New gpgsm commands --dump-chain and list-chain.
* gpg-connect-agent has new options to utilize descriptor passing.
* A global trustlist may now be used. See doc/examples/trustlist.txt.
* When creating a new pubring.kbx keybox common certificates are
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.22 (2006-07-27)
* Enhanced pkcs#12 support to allow import from simple keyBags.
* Exporting to pkcs#12 now create bag attributes so that Mozilla is
able to import the files.
* Fixed uploading of certain keys to the smart card.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.21 (2006-06-20)
* New command APDU for scdaemon to allow using it for general card
access. Might be used through gpg-connect-agent by using the SCD
prefix command.
* Support for the CardMan 4040 PCMCIA reader (Linux 2.6.15 required).
* Scdaemon does not anymore reset cards at the end of a connection.
* Kludge to allow use of Bundesnetzagentur issued X.509 certificates.
* Added --hash=xxx option to scdaemon's PKSIGN command.
* Pkcs#12 files are now created with a MAC. This is for better
* Collected bug fixes and minor other changes.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.20 (2005-12-20)
* Importing pkcs#12 files created be recent versions of Mozilla works
* Basic support for qualified signatures.
* New debug tool gpgparsemail.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.19 (2005-09-12)
* The Belgian eID card is now supported for signatures and ssh.
Other pkcs#15 cards should work as well.
* Fixed bug in --export-secret-key-p12 so that certificates are again
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.18 (2005-08-01)
* [gpgsm] Now allows for more than one email address as well as URIs
and dnsNames in certificate request generation. A keygrip may be
given to create a request from an existing key.
* A couple of minor bug fixes.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.17 (2005-06-20)
* gpg-connect-agent has now features to handle Assuan INQUIRE
* Internal changes for OpenPGP cards. New Assuan command WRITEKEY.
* GNU Pth is now a hard requirement.
* [scdaemon] Support for OpenSC has been removed. Instead a new and
straightforward pkcs#15 modules has been written. As of now it
does allows only signing using TCOS cards but we are going to
enhance it to match all the old capabilities.
* [gpg-agent] New option --write-env-file and Assuan command
* [gpg-agent] New option --default-cache-ttl-ssh to set the TTL for
SSH passphrase caching independent from the other passphrases.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.16 (2005-04-21)
* gpg-agent does now support the ssh-agent protocol and thus allows
to use the pinentry as well as the OpenPGP smartcard with ssh.
* New tool gpg-connect-agent as a general client for the gpg-agent.
* New tool symcryptrun as a wrapper for certain encryption tools.
* The gpg tool is not anymore build by default because those gpg
versions available in the gnupg 1.4 series are far more matured.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.15 (2005-01-13)
* Fixed passphrase caching bug.
* Better support for CCID readers; the reader from Cherry RS 6700 USB
does now work.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.14 (2004-12-22)
* [gpg-agent] New option --use-standard-socket to allow the use of a
fixed socket. gpgsm falls back to this socket if GPG_AGENT_INFO
has not been set.
* Ported to MS Windows with some functional limitations.
* New tool gpg-preset-passphrase.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.13 (2004-12-03)
* [gpgsm] New option --prefer-system-dirmngr.
* Minor cleanups and debugging aids.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.12 (2004-10-22)
* [scdaemon] Partly rewrote the PC/SC code.
* Removed the sc-investigate tool. It is now in a separate package
available at .
* [gpg-agent] Fixed logging problem.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.11 (2004-10-01)
* When using --import along with --with-validation, the imported
certificates are validated and only imported if they are fully
* [gpg-agent] New option --max-cache-ttl.
* [gpg-agent] When used without --daemon or --server, gpg-agent now
check whether a agent is already running and usable.
* Fixed some i18n problems.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.10 (2004-07-22)
* Fixed a serious bug in the checking of trusted root certificates.
* New configure option --enable-agent-pnly allows to build and
install just the agent.
* Fixed a problem with the log file handling.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.9 (2004-06-08)
* [gpg-agent] The new option --allow-mark-trusted is now required to
allow gpg-agent to add a key to the trustlist.txt after user
* Creating PKCS#10 requests does now honor the key usage.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.8 (2004-04-29)
* [scdaemon] Overhauled the internal CCID driver.
* [scdaemon] Status files named ~/.gnupg/reader_<n>.status are now
written when using the internal CCID driver.
* [gpgsm] New commands --dump-{,secret,external}-keys to show a very
detailed view of the certificates.
* The keybox gets now compressed after 3 hours and ephemeral
stored certificates are deleted after about a day.
* [gpg] Usability fixes for --card-edit. Note, that this has already
been ported back to gnupg-1.3
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.7 (2004-04-06)
* Instrumented the modules for gpgconf.
* Added support for DINSIG card applications.
* Include the smimeCapabilities attribute with signed messages.
* Now uses the gettext domain "gnupg2" to avoid conflicts with gnupg
versions < 1.9.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.6 (2004-03-06)
* Code cleanups and bug fixes.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.5 (2004-02-21)
* gpg-protect-tool gets now installed into libexec as it ought to be.
Cleaned up the build system to better comply with the coding
* [gpgsm] The --import command is now able to autodetect pkcs#12
files and import secret and private keys from this file format.
A new command --export-secret-key-p12 is provided to allow
exporting of secret keys in PKCS\#12 format.
* [gpgsm] The pinentry will now present a description of the key for
whom the passphrase is requested.
* [gpgsm] New option --with-validation to check the validity of key
while listing it.
* New option --debug-level={none,basic,advanced,expert,guru} to map
the debug flags to sensitive levels on a per program base.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.4 (2004-01-30)
* Added support for the Telesec NKS 2.0 card application.
* Added simple tool addgnupghome to create .gnupg directories from
* Various minor bug fixes and cleanups; mainly gpgsm and gpg-agent
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.3 (2003-12-23)
* New gpgsm options --{enable,disable}-ocsp to validate keys using
OCSP. This option requires a not yet released DirMngr version.
Default is disabled.
* The --log-file option may now be used to print logs to a socket.
Prefix the socket name with "socket://" to enable this. This does
not work on all systems and falls back to stderr if there is a
problem with the socket.
* The options --encrypt-to and --no-encrypt-to now work the same in
gpgsm as in gpg. Note, they are also used in server mode.
* Duplicated recipients are now silently removed in gpgsm.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.2 (2003-11-17)
* On card key generation is no longer done using the --gen-key
command but from the menu provided by the new --card-edit command.
* PINs are now properly cached and there are only 2 PINs visible.
The 3rd PIN (CHV2) is internally synchronized with the regular PIN.
* All kind of other internal stuff.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.1 (2003-09-06)
* Support for OpenSC is back. scdaemon supports a --disable-opensc to
disable OpenSC use at runtime, so that PC/SC or ct-API can still be
used directly.
* Rudimentary support for the SCR335 smartcard reader using an
internal driver. Requires current libusb from CVS.
* Bug fixes.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.0 (2003-08-05)
====== PLEASE SEE README-alpha =======
* gpg has been renamed to gpg2 and gpgv to gpgv2. This is a
temporary change to allow co-existing with stable gpg versions.
* ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf-1.9.0 is fist tried as config file before the
usual gpg.conf.
* Removed the -k, -kv and -kvv commands. -k is now an alias to
--list-keys. New command -K as alias for --list-secret-keys.
* Removed --run-as-shm-coprocess feature.
* gpg does now also use libgcrypt, libgpg-error is required.
* New gpgsm commands --call-dirmngr and --call-protect-tool.
* Changing a passphrase is now possible using "gpgsm --passwd"
* The content-type attribute is now recognized and created.
* The agent does now reread certain options on receiving a HUP.
* The pinentry is now forked for each request so that clients with
different environments are supported. When running in daemon mode
and --keep-display is not used the DISPLAY variable is ignored.
* Merged stuff from the newpg branch and started this new
development branch.
Version 1.4.19 (2015-02-27)
Version 1.4.18 (2014-06-30)
Version 1.4.17 (2014-06-23)
Version 1.4.16 (2013-12-18)
Version 1.4.15 (2013-10-04)
Version 1.4.14 (2013-07-25)
Version 1.4.13 (2012-12-20)
Version 1.4.12 (2012-01-30)
Version 1.4.11 (2010-10-18)
Version 1.4.10 (2009-09-02)
Version 1.4.9 (2008-03-26)
Version 1.4.8 (2007-12-20)
Version 1.4.7 (2007-03-05)
Version 1.4.6 (2006-12-06)
Version 1.4.5 (2006-08-01)
Version 1.4.4 (2006-06-25)
Version 1.4.3 (2006-04-03)
Version 1.4.2 (2005-07-26)
Version 1.4.1 (2005-03-15)
Version 1.4.0 (2004-12-16)
Noteworthy changes in version 1.3.2 (2003-05-27)
* New "--gnupg" option (set by default) that disables --openpgp,
and the various --pgpX emulation options. This replaces
--no-openpgp, and --no-pgpX, and also means that GnuPG has
finally grown a --gnupg option to make GnuPG act like GnuPG.
* A bug in key validation has been fixed. This bug only affects
keys with more than one user ID (photo IDs do not count here),
and results in all user IDs on a given key being treated with
the validity of the most-valid user ID on that key.
* Notation names that do not contain a '@' are no longer allowed
unless --expert is set. This is to help prevent pollution of
the (as yet unused) IETF notation namespace.
* Multiple trust models are now supported via the --trust-model
option. The options are "pgp" (web-of-trust plus trust
signatures), "classic" (web-of-trust only), and "always"
(identical to the --always-trust option).
* The --personal-{cipher|digest|compression}-preferences are now
consulted to get default algorithms before resorting to the
last-ditch defaults of --s2k-cipher-algo, SHA1, and ZIP
respectively. This allows a user to set algorithms to use in a
safe manner so they are used when legal to do so, without
forcing them on for all messages.
* New --primary-keyring option to designate the keyring that the
user wants new keys imported into.
* --s2k-digest-algo is now used for all password mangling.
Earlier versions used both --s2k-digest-algo and --digest-algo
for passphrase mangling.
* Handling of --hidden-recipient or --throw-keyid messages is now
easier - the user only needs to give their passphrase once, and
GnuPG will try it against all of the available secret keys.
* Care is taken to prevent compiler optimization from removing
memory wiping code.
* New option --no-mangle-dos-filenames so that filenames are not
truncated in the W32 version.
* A "convert-from-106" script has been added. This is a simple
script that automates the conversion from a 1.0.6 or earlier
version of GnuPG to a 1.0.7 or later version.
* Disabled keys are now skipped when selecting keys for
encryption. If you are using the --with-colons key listings to
detect disabled keys, please see doc/DETAILS for a minor format
change in this release.
* Minor trustdb changes to make the trust calculations match
common usage.
* New command "revuid" in the --edit-key menu to revoke a user ID.
This is a simpler interface to the old method (which still
works) of revoking the user ID self-signature.
* Status VALIDSIG does now also print the primary key's
fingerprint, as well as the signature version, pubkey algorithm,
hash algorithm, and signature class.
* Add read-only support for the SHA-256 hash, and optional
read-only support for the SHA-384 and SHA-512 hashes.
* New option --enable-progress-filter for use with frontends.
* DNS SRV records are used in HKP keyserver lookups to allow
administrators to load balance and select keyserver ports
automatically. This is as specified in
* When using the "keyid!" syntax during a key export, only that
specified key is exported. If the key in question is a subkey,
the primary key plus only that subkey is exported.
* configure --disable-xxx options to disable individual algorithms
at build time. This can be used to build a smaller gpg binary
for embedded uses where space is tight. See the README file for
the algorithms that can be used with this option, or use
--enable-minimal to build the smallest gpg possible (disables
all optional algorithms, disables keyserver access, and disables
photo IDs).
* The keyserver no-modify flag on a key can now be displayed and
* Note that the TIGER/192 digest algorithm is in the process of
being dropped from the OpenPGP standard. While this release of
GnuPG still contains it, it is disabled by default. To ensure
you will still be able to use your messages with future versions
of GnuPG and other OpenPGP programs, please do not use this
See-also: gnupg-announce/2003q2/000153.html
Noteworthy changes in version 1.3.1 (2002-11-12)
* Trust signature support. This is based on the Maurer trust
model where a user can specify the trust level along with the
signature with multiple levels so users can delegate
certification ability to other users, possibly restricted by a
regular expression on the user ID. Note that full trust
signature support requires a regular expression parsing library.
The regexp code from glibc 2.3.1 is included for those platforms
that don't have working regexp functions available. The
configure option --disable-regex may be used to disable any
regular expression code, which will make GnuPG ignore any trust
signature with a regular expression included.
* Two new commands --hidden-recipient (-R) and --hidden-encrypt-to
encrypt to a user, but hide the identity of that user. This is
the same functionality as --throw-keyid, but can be used on a
per-user basis.
* Full algorithm names (e.g. "3DES", "SHA1", "ZIP") can now be
used interchangeably with the short algorithm names (e.g. "S2",
"H2", "Z1") anywhere algorithm names are used in GnuPG.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.3.0 (2002-10-18)
* The last piece of internal keyserver support has been removed,
and now all keyserver access is done via the keyserver plugins.
There is also a newer keyserver protocol used between GnuPG and
the plugins, so plugins from earlier versions of GnuPG may not
work properly.
* The HKP keyserver plugin supports the new machine-readable key
listing format for those keyservers that provide it.
* When using a HKP keyserver with multiple DNS records (such as which has the addresses of multiple servers
around the world), try all records until one succeeds. Note
that it depends on the LDAP library used whether the LDAP
keyserver plugin does this as well.
* The library dependencies for OpenLDAP seem to change fairly
frequently, and GnuPG's configure script cannot guess all the
combinations. Use ./configure LDAPLIBS="-L libdir -l libs" to
override the script and use the libraries selected.
* Secret keys generated with --export-secret-subkeys are now
indicated in key listings with a '#' after the "sec", and in
--with-colons listings by showing no capabilities (no lowercase
* --trusted-key has been un-obsoleted, as it is useful for adding
ultimately trusted keys from the config file. It is identical
to using --edit and "trust" to change a key to ultimately
* Translations other than de are no longer distributed with the
development branch. This is due to the frequent text changes
during development, which cause the translations to rapidly go
out of date.
Version 1.2.8 (2006-12-07)
Version 1.2.7 (2004-12-27)
Version 1.2.6 (2004-08-25)
Version 1.2.5 (2004-07-26)
Version 1.2.4 (2003-12-23)
Version 1.2.3 (2003-08-21)
Version 1.2.2 (2003-05-01)
Version 1.2.1 (2002-10-25)
Version 1.2.0 (2002-09-21)
Noteworthy changes in version 1.1.92 (2002-09-11)
* [IMPORTANT] The default configuration file is now
~/.gnupg/gpg.conf. If an old ~/.gnupg/options is found it will
still be used. This change is required to have a more
consistent naming scheme with forthcoming tools.
* The use of MDCs have increased. A MDC will be used if the
recipients directly request it, if the recipients have AES,
AES192, AES256, or TWOFISH in their cipher preferences, or if
the chosen cipher has a blocksize not equal to 64 bits
(currently this is also AES, AES192, AES256, and TWOFISH).
* GnuPG will no longer automatically disable compression when
processing an already-compressed file unless a MDC is being
used. This is to give the message a certain amount of
resistance to the chosen-ciphertext attack while communicating
with other programs (most commonly PGP earlier than version 7.x)
that do not support MDCs.
* The option --interactive now has the desired effect when
importing keys.
* The file permission and ownership checks on files have been
clarified. Specifically, the homedir (usually ~/.gnupg) is
checked to protect everything within it. If the user specifies
keyrings outside this homedir, they are presumed to be shared
keyrings and therefore *not* checked. Configuration files
specified with the --options option and the IDEA cipher
extension specified with --load-extension are checked, along
with their enclosing directories.
* The configure option --with-static-rnd=auto allows to build gpg
with all available entropy gathering modules included. At
runtime the best usable one will be selected from the list
linux, egd, unix. This is also the default for systems lacking
a /dev/random device.
* The default character set is now taken from the current locale;
it can still be overridden by the --charset option. Using the
option -vvv shows the used character set.
* [REMOVED] --emulate-checksum-bug and --emulate-3des-s2k-bug have
been removed.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.1.91 (2002-08-04)
* All modules are now linked statically; the --load-extension
option is in general not useful anymore. The only exception is
to specify the deprecated idea cipher.
* The IDEA plugin has changed. Previous versions of the IDEA
plugin will no longer work with GnuPG. However, the current
version of the plugin will work with earlier GnuPG versions.
* When using --batch with one of the --delete-key commands, the
key must be specified by fingerprint. See the man page for
* There are now various ways to restrict the ability GnuPG has to
exec external programs (for the keyserver helpers or photo ID
viewers). Read the README file for the complete list.
* New export option to leave off attribute packets (photo IDs)
during export. This is useful when exporting to HKP keyservers
which do not understand attribute packets.
* New import option to repair during import the HKP keyserver
mangling multiple subkeys bug. Note that this cannot completely
repair the damaged key as some crucial data is removed by the
keyserver, but it does at least give you back one subkey. This
is on by default for keyserver --recv-keys, and off by default
for regular --import.
* The keyserver helper programs now live in
/usr/[local/]libexec/gnupg by default. If you are upgrading
from 1.0.7, you might want to delete your old copies in
/usr/[local/]bin. If you use an OS that does not use libexec
for whatever reason, use configure --libexecdir=/usr/local/lib
to place the keyserver helpers there.
* The LDAP keyserver handler now works properly with very old
(version 1) LDAP keyservers.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.1.90 (2002-07-01)
* New commands: --personal-cipher-preferences,
--personal-digest-preferences, and
--personal-compress-preferences allow the user to specify which
algorithms are to be preferred. Note that this does not permit
using an algorithm that is not present in the recipient's
preferences (which would violate the OpenPGP standard). This
just allows sorting the preferences differently.
* New "group" command to refer to several keys with one name.
* A warning is issued if the user forces the use of an algorithm
that is not listed in the recipient's preferences.
* Full revocation key (aka "designated revoker") support.
* The preferred hash algorithms on a key are consulted when
encrypting a signed message to that key. Note that this is
disabled by default by a SHA1 preference in
* --cert-digest-algo allows the user to specify the hash algorithm
to use when signing a key rather than the default SHA1 (or MD5
for PGP2 keys). Do not use this feature unless you fully
understand the implications of this.
* --pgp7 mode automatically sets all necessary options to ensure
that the resulting message will be usable by a user of PGP 7.x.
* New --attribute-fd command for frontends and scripts to get the
contents of attribute packets (i.e. photos)
* In expert mode, the user can now re-sign a v3 key with a v4
self-signature. This does not change the v3 key into a v4 key,
but it does allow the user to use preferences, primary ID flags,
* Significantly improved photo ID support on non-unixlike
* The version number has jumped ahead to 1.1.90 to skip over the
old version 1.1 and to get ready for the upcoming 1.2.
* ElGamal sign and encrypt is not anymore allowed in the key
generation dialog unless in expert mode. RSA sign and encrypt
has been added with the same restrictions.
* [W32] Keyserver access does work with Windows NT.
Noteworthy changes in version 1.0.7 (2002-04-29)
* Secret keys are now stored and exported in a new format which
uses SHA-1 for integrity checks. This format renders the
Rosa/Klima attack useless. Other OpenPGP implementations might
not yet support this, so the option --simple-sk-checksum creates
the old vulnerable format.
* The default cipher algorithm for encryption is now CAST5,
default hash algorithm is SHA-1. This will give us better
interoperability with other OpenPGP implementations.
* Symmetric encrypted messages now use a fixed file size if
possible. This is a tradeoff: it breaks PGP 5, but fixes PGP 2,
6, and 7. Note this was only an issue with RFC-1991 style
symmetric messages.
* Photographic user ID support. This uses an external program to
view the images.
* Enhanced keyserver support via keyserver "plugins". GnuPG comes
with plugins for the NAI LDAP keyserver as well as the HKP email
keyserver. It retains internal support for the HKP HTTP
* Nonrevocable signatures are now supported. If a user signs a
key nonrevocably, this signature cannot be taken back so be
* Multiple signature classes are usable when signing a key to
specify how carefully the key information (fingerprint, photo
ID, etc) was checked.
* --pgp2 mode automatically sets all necessary options to ensure
that the resulting message will be usable by a user of PGP 2.x.
* --pgp6 mode automatically sets all necessary options to ensure
that the resulting message will be usable by a user of PGP 6.x.
* Signatures may now be given an expiration date. When signing a
key with an expiration date, the user is prompted whether they
want their signature to expire at the same time.
* Revocation keys (designated revokers) are now supported if
present. There is currently no way to designate new keys as
designated revokers.
* Permissions on the .gnupg directory and its files are checked
for safety.
* --expert mode enables certain silly things such as signing a
revoked user id, expired key, or revoked key.
* Some fixes to build cleanly under Cygwin32.
* New tool gpgsplit to split OpenPGP data formats into packets.
* New option --preserve-permissions.
* Subkeys created in the future are not used for encryption or
signing unless the new option --ignore-valid-from is used.
* Revoked user-IDs are not listed unless signatures are listed too
or we are in verbose mode.
* There is no default comment string with ascii armors anymore
except for revocation certificates and --enarmor mode.
* The command "primary" in the edit menu can be used to change the
primary UID, "setpref" and "updpref" can be used to change the
* Fixed the preference handling; since 1.0.5 they were erroneously
matched against against the latest user ID and not the given one.
* RSA key generation.
* Merged Stefan's patches for RISC OS in. See comments in
* It is now possible to sign and conventional encrypt a message (-cs).
* The MDC feature flag is supported and can be set by using
the "updpref" edit command.
* The status messages GOODSIG and BADSIG are now returning the primary
UID, encoded using %XX escaping (but with spaces left as spaces,
so that it should not break too much)
* Support for GDBM based keyrings has been removed.
* The entire keyring management has been revamped.
* The way signature stati are store has changed so that v3
signatures can be supported. To increase the speed of many
operations for existing keyrings you can use the new
--rebuild-keydb-caches command.
* The entire key validation process (trustdb) has been revamped.
See the man page entries for --update-trustdb, --check-trustdb
and --no-auto-check-trustdb.
* --trusted-keys is again obsolete, --edit can be used to set the
ownertrust of any key to ultimately trusted.
* A subkey is never used to sign keys.
* Read only keyrings are now handled as expected.
See-also: gnupg-announce/2002q2/000135.html
Noteworthy changes in version 1.0.6 (2001-05-29)
* Security fix for a format string bug in the tty code.
* Fixed format string bugs in all PO files.
* Removed Russian translation due to too many bugs. The FTP
server has an unofficial but better translation in the contrib
* Fixed expire time calculation and keyserver acces