PGP key lost

Discussion in 'encryption problems' started by MilenKidane, May 9, 2013.

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  1. MilenKidane

    MilenKidane Registered Member

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    Hi,

    Unfortunately I managed to loose all my data, including my private key for one account (some I saved on USB sticks).

    Is it possible, using the public key on the keyserver with my password to recreate the private key, or at least to revoke the public key (or create a revocation certificate from it?).
     
  2. Creer

    Creer Registered Member

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    Hello,

    Sorry to hear that. I highly doubt it will be possible.
    Revocation certificate can be created only for private keys, when you have them.
    For public keys it's impossible, because of that it's recommend to create rev. cert. for specific key just after you create that key. And store it in safe place.

    Edit:
    I've found something about it on Symantec PGP website:
    http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO41968
    and also thread on their forum:
    http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/lost-private-key
     
  3. PaulyDefran

    PaulyDefran Registered Member

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    While you won't be able to decrypt anything by the previous key, just create a new one and do a "poor man's" revocation of the previous one, by commenting in the key properties. Then send it to everyone you've ever communicated with via PGP/GPG. Can't be that many, can it :D

    PD
     
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