can I use ECC with the 2017.1b3 beta release?

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04 Aug, 2017 01:13 PM

hey everyone.. so i used to pay a private server in toronto (sky) for pgp/ecc services on a blackberry that i used with my friends. I'm trying to set it up for free on my own computer so i can use it from home without having to pay $700 for a 3 month subscription that these services are charging for ECC service these days (eliptical curve cryptography.) so installed gpg on my mac and set up my with my gmail account and created my new key within gpg.. i haven't uploaded my key to a server yet... but when i open my mail app... theres no lock icon.. any ideas?? also will i be able to communicate with those who are on this ECC Sky server from my computer when it used to happen on a blackberry? any help would be appreciated.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 07 Aug, 2017 12:57 PM

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    Hi ghostboy,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    Since you are on macOS 10.12 please make sure you re-install GPG Suite 2017.1b3 (the current beta release). Let me know if GPGMail works as expected then.

    To use ECC you need to have gpg 2.1 installed on your mac. The next beta will transition from 2.0 to 2.1. so for now, if you want to use ECC you have to install the nightly build: could you please download and install our latest GPG Suite nightly build and see if the problem persists. That page also has sig and SHA256 to verify the download.

    All the best,

    Disclaimer: This is a development version which has not been thoroughly tested yet - bugs or crashes are to be expected. Thanks for helping us test.

    PS: To benefit from the latest security fixes from apple, you may want to check for pending macOS updates in the MacAppStore. General info about Apple security releases and security relevant fixes for macOS 10.12.6.

  2. 2 Posted by ghost boy on 08 Aug, 2017 02:29 AM

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    hey Steve,

    Thanks for the reply so i downloaded first the beta, and it worked.. then i trashed it , and installed the newest nightly, and it still seems to work except it doesn’t prompt me for a password when i try to open the message once I’ve sent it to myself… it asks me for the password when sending, but not when receiving.. and once message is sitting in inbox, i can access it anytime without it prompting me for password… also it looks identical to the beta … how do i use ECC with this version? also it won’t allow me to encrypt this email

  3. 3 Posted by ghost boy on 08 Aug, 2017 02:30 AM

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    actually correction, it doesn’t prompt me for a password at all anymore, sending or recieving, but i can click the lock button and they are both lit up blue which seems to mean its working, but why not prompting me for password?

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 09 Aug, 2017 08:20 AM

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    Please see this KB-article on how to manage passwords for your keys.

    So either the caching time is used or you stored your password in the macOS keychain.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Steve on 22 Oct, 2017 04:55 PM

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    Closing, since no further user feedback was received. Should your problem persist, feel free to re-open this discussion any time.

    All the best, steve

  6. Steve closed this discussion on 22 Oct, 2017 04:55 PM.

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