PGP - if you try to used an expired key?

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  1. cool_arrow

    cool_arrow Registered Member

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    PGP - if you try to use an expired key?

    Hi. Can someone tell me what the output from PGP will be if I attempt to encrypt a message for someone using their public key that has expired? Thanks.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2010
  2. Pleonasm

    Pleonasm Registered Member

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    Cool_arrow, I recommend that you post the query in the PGP Forum.

    You could also simply create a new PGP keypair with today as an expiration date, and then tomorrow test an encryption operation.
     
  3. SteveTX

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    You can still use expired keys. You are simply advised not to. Nothing will break and the recipient will still be able to decode presuming he has his expired private key.
     
  4. chronomatic

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    Hopefully your contact revoked his key on the keyservers. Because once the keys are uploaded, they cannot be deleted. They must be revoked by the owner via a revocation certificate. Everyone *should* generate a revocation cert. whenever they generate new keys.
     
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