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GnuPG 1.2.6 released

From: Werner Koch
Subject: GnuPG 1.2.6 released
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 12:07:34 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1006 (Gnus v5.10.6) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new stable GnuPG
release: Version 1.2.6

The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) is GNU's tool for secure communication
and data storage.  It is a complete and free replacement of PGP and
can be used to encrypt data and to create digital signatures.  It
includes an advanced key management facility and is compliant with the
proposed OpenPGP Internet standard as described in RFC2440. 

This is mainly a bug fix release. In particular it fixes the
installation problem of 1.2.5; for details see the "What's New"
section below.

Getting the Software

Please follow the instructions found at
or read on:

GnuPG 1.2.6 may be downloaded from one of the GnuPG mirror sites or
direct from .  The list of mirrors can be
found at .  Note, that GnuPG is not
available at

On the mirrors you should find the following files in the *gnupg*

  gnupg-1.2.6.tar.bz2 (2490k)

      GnuPG source compressed using BZIP2 and OpenPGP signature.

  gnupg-1.2.6.tar.gz (3608k)

      GnuPG source compressed using GZIP and OpenPGP signature.

  gnupg-1.2.5-1.2.6.diff.gz (305k)

      A patch file to upgrade a 1.2.5 GnuPG source. 

Select one of them. To shorten the download time, you probably want to
get the BZIP2 compressed file.  Please try another mirror if
exceptional your mirror is not yet up to date.

Note that there is no binary version for Windows because the fixed
bugs are not relevant on Windows.

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-1.2.6.tar.bz2 you would use this command:

     gpg --verify gnupg-1.2.6.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 "finger wk
   'at'" or "finger dd9jn 'at'" or using the
   keyservers.  I recently prolonged the expiration date; thus you
   might need a fresh copy of that key.

   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 MD5 checksum.  Assuming you downloaded the file
   gnupg-1.2.6.tar.bz2, you would run the md5sum command like this:

     md5sum gnupg-1.2.6.tar.bz2

   and check that the output matches the first line from the
   following list:

b1890f5dfacd2ba7ab15448c5ff08a4e  gnupg-1.2.6.tar.bz2
56b10a6f444fff2565f4d960a11b2206  gnupg-1.2.6.tar.gz
3d5199fd729e2cf254a267c6935eeeaf  gnupg-1.2.5-1.2.6.diff.gz

Upgrade Information

If you are upgrading from a version prior to 1.0.7, you should run the
script tools/convert-from-106 once.  Please note also that due to a
bug in versions prior to 1.0.6 it may not be possible to downgrade to
such versions unless you apply the patch .

If you have any problems, please see the FAQ and the mailing list
archive at  Please direct questions to the
address@hidden mailing list.

What's New

Here is a list of major user visible changes since 1.2.6:

    * Updated the included gettext.  This also fixes the installation
      problem from 1.2.5

    * Fixed a race condition possibly leading to deleted keys.


GnuPG comes with support for 28 languages:

  American English         Indonesian (id)                
  Bela-Russian (be)[*]     Italian (it)                   
  Catalan (ca)             Japanese (ja)[*]                  
  Czech (cs)               Polish (pl)               
  Danish (da)[*]           Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR)[*]      
  Dutch (nl)               Portuguese (pt)[*]             
  Esperanto (eo)[*]        Romanian (ro)                      
  Estonian (et)            Russian (ru)                   
  Finnish (fi)             Slovak (sk)                      
  French (fr)              Spanish (es)                   
  Galician (gl)[*]         Swedish (sv)[*]                
  German (de)              Traditional Chinese (zh_TW)[*] 
  Greek (el)               Simplified Chinese (zh_CN)                   
  Hungarian (hu)           Turkish (tr)             

Languages marked with [*] were not updated for this release and you
may notice untranslated messages. Many thanks to the translators for
their ongoing support of GnuPG.

Future Directions

GnuPG 1.2.x is the current stable branch and won't undergo any serious
changes.  We will just fix bugs and add compatibility fixes as

GnuPG 1.3.x is the version were we do most new stuff and it will lead
to the next stable version 1.4 not too far away.

GnuPG 1.9.x is next generation GnuPG.  This version merged the code
>From the Aegypten project and thus it includes the gpg-agent, a
smartcard daemon and gpg's S/MIME cousin gpgsm.  The design is
different to the previous versions and we may not support all ancient
systems - thus POSIX compatibility will be an absolute requirement for
supported platforms.  1.9 is based on an somewhat older 1.3 code and
will peacefully coexist with other GnuPG versions.

Happy Hacking,

  The GnuPG Team (David, Stefan, Timo and Werner)

Werner Koch                                      <address@hidden>
The GnuPG Experts                      
Free Software Foundation Europe        

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