GPG-kmail1.4.1 problem

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at
Mon Jun 24 09:00:18 BST 2002

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Ignacio Cárdenas wrote:
> El Dom 23 Jun 2002 16:12, Raphael Mack escribió:
>> What can I do to write encrypted emails to other people?
>> Signing mails works perfectly...
> You need to sign the keys in your public ring with your private key.
> Follow this steps:
> #gpg --edit-key id_key
> where 'id_key' is the id of a public key in your ring. Now type:
> #sign
> the system will ask you for the trust level that you want to give to
> this key... i don't remember... i think you need to give the greatest
> level.

If you use GnuPG 1.0.7 then you can specify how carefully you have 
verified that the key you are about to sign actually belongs to the 
person named in the user ids?

> And that's all!. Only type 'save' and now you can use kmail to encrypt
> your mails with this public key. Repeat with all your public keys...
> but be sure this public keys are really from your friends, because you
> are giving all your trust to this keys.

This is correct. But please under no circumstances sign any keys just to 
be able to encrypt with these keys. Always verify the identity of the 
key owners. If this isn't possible then please only sign the keys 
locally (gpg --lsign-key ...).

Signing keys without verifying the key owner's identity will harm the 
web of trust. Therefore please follow my advice.


Version: GnuPG v1.0.7 (GNU/Linux)


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