[Announce] GnuPG 2.0.12 released

    Date17 Jun 2009
    CategoryCryptography
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    Posted ByDave Wreski
    The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) is GNU's tool for secure communication and data storage. It can be used to encrypt data, create digital signatures, help authenticating using Secure Shell and to provide a framework for public key cryptography. It includes an advanced key management facility and is compliant with the OpenPGP and S/MIME standards.
     Hello! We are pleased to announce the availability of a new stable GnuPG-2 release: Version 2.0.12. The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) is GNU's tool for secure communication and data storage. It can be used to encrypt data, create digital signatures, help authenticating using Secure Shell and to provide a framework for public key cryptography. It includes an advanced key management facility and is compliant with the OpenPGP and S/MIME standards. GnuPG-2 has a different architecture than GnuPG-1 (e.g. 1.4.9) in that it splits up functionality into several modules. However, both versions may be installed alongside without any conflict. In fact, the gpg version from GnuPG-1 is able to make use of the gpg-agent as included in GnuPG-2 and allows for seamless passphrase caching. The advantage of GnuPG-1 is its smaller size and the lack of dependency on other modules at run and build time. We will keep maintaining GnuPG-1 versions because they are very useful for small systems and for server based applications requiring only OpenPGP support. GnuPG is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL version 3). GnuPG-2 works best on GNU/Linux or *BSD systems. What's New ===========  * 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. Getting the Software ==================== Please follow the instructions found at http://www.gnupg.org/download/ or read on: GnuPG 2.0.12 may be downloaded from one of the GnuPG mirror sites or direct from ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/gnupg/ . The list of mirrors can be found at http://www.gnupg.org/mirrors.html . Note, that GnuPG is not available at ftp.gnu.org. On the FTP server and its mirrors you should find the following files in the gnupg/ directory:  gnupg-2.0.12.tar.bz2 (3832k)  gnupg-2.0.12.tar.bz2.sig  GnuPG source compressed using BZIP2 and OpenPGP signature.  gnupg-2.0.11-2.0.12.diff.bz2 (113k)  A patch file to upgrade a 2.0.11 GnuPG source tree. This patch  does not include updates of the language files. Note, that we don't distribute gzip compressed tarballs for GnuPG-2.  Checking the Integrity ====================== In order to check that the version of GnuPG which you are going to install is an original and unmodified one, you can do it in one of the following ways:  * If you already have a trusted version of GnuPG installed, you  can simply check the supplied signature. For example to check the  signature of the file gnupg-2.0.12.tar.bz2 you would use this command:  gpg --verify gnupg-2.0.12.tar.bz2.sig  This checks whether the signature file matches the source file.  You should see a message indicating that the signature is good and  made by that signing key. Make sure that you have the right key,  either by checking the fingerprint of that key with other sources  or by checking that the key has been signed by a trustworthy other  key. Note, that you can retrieve the signing key using the command  finger wk ,at' g10code.com  or using a keyserver like  gpg --recv-key 1CE0C630  The distribution key 1CE0C630 is signed by the well known key  5B0358A2. If you get an key expired message, you should retrieve a  fresh copy as the expiration date might have been prolonged.  NEVER USE A GNUPG VERSION YOU JUST DOWNLOADED TO CHECK THE  INTEGRITY OF THE SOURCE - USE AN EXISTING GNUPG INSTALLATION!  * If you are not able to use an old version of GnuPG, you have to verify  the SHA-1 checksum. Assuming you downloaded the file  gnupg-2.0.12.tar.bz2, you would run the sha1sum command like this:  sha1sum gnupg-2.0.12.tar.bz2  and check that the output matches the first line from the  following list: 91856f917c13a1a12622ef39995eaf59c46f7502 gnupg-2.0.12.tar.bz2 0d4a3828d437d88353da36aa8f74ba92f6eca0e7 gnupg-2.0.11-2.0.12.diff.bz2 Internationalization ==================== GnuPG comes with support for 27 languages. Due to a lot of new and changed strings many translations are not entirely complete. Jedi, Maxim Britov, Jaime Su 
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