GPGMail: Preference for S/MIME not working under certain circumstances

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05 Apr, 2018 08:59 AM

Not sure if this is exactly a bug or a feature request or something in between:

I have set a preference for S/MIME as described at - which works as expected when I create a new message to someone whose public certificate is available.

However, if I reply to a message that came PGP encrypted, the encryption method PGP is preselected, even when I reply only to one person who I could S/MIME encrypt for.

I’d expect that, when S/MIME is set as the preferred encryption method, the precedence for S/MIME works not only for new messages, but also for replies to PGP encrypted messages, if the addressee is capable of S/MIME encryption.

Background: When PGP encryption is preselected, and I don’t remember to change that, addressee is unable to read the message in iOS Mail.

macOS                   10.12.6     16G1212
GPG Suite               2018.1      2118n   (2060dbb)
GPGMail                 2.7.1       1259n   (a308b9c1)
GPG Keychain            1.4.2       1415n   (138ea56)
GPGServices             1.11.2      974n    (c0766ee)
MacGPG                  2.2.5       905n    (f4d828a)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.1.1       999n    (738ff8e)
Libmacgpg               0.8.2       831n    (bbf5b03)
pinentry                1.1.1       26n     (74d8675)
  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 05 Apr, 2018 03:53 PM

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    Hi Metin,

    we have a ticket for this problem. I connected this discussion with the existing ticket. That means, should this discussion get closed, it will be re-opened as soon as the ticket is closed. That way you'll stay in the loop and get notified as soon as we have news. Feel free to open a new discussions should you run into further problems or need assistance.

    Are you aware that on the iOS App Store the following OpenPGP solutions are available?


  2. 2 Posted by Metin on 05 Apr, 2018 03:59 PM

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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for your quick reply.

    And yes, I've installed iPGMail, but it's quite cumbersome to deal with in comparison with the builtin S/MIME capabilities. I know that's due to iOS Mail restrictions which do not allow a better integration, but that's just why I prefer S/MIME.


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 05 Apr, 2018 04:00 PM

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    Fair point. Thanks for letting us know.

  4. Steve closed this discussion on 18 Jul, 2018 02:14 PM.

  5. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 14 Aug, 2019 09:28 AM

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    Hi metin,

    this issue should be fixed. If you want to test the fix, please download our latest hotfix GPG Suite. That page also has Signature file and SHA1 to verify the download.

    We are in the midst of preparing the next release so feedback would be highly appreciated. If you have a few minutes please take the latest nightly (currently 2502n) for a spin.


    Disclaimer: This is a development version which has not been thoroughly tested yet, so bugs or crashes are to be expected.

  6. Steve closed this discussion on 14 Aug, 2019 09:28 AM.

  7. Metin re-opened this discussion on 08 Sep, 2019 10:54 AM

  8. 5 Posted by Metin on 08 Sep, 2019 10:54 AM

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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the info! Unfortunately, I have been traveling since with no access to my Mac, so was unable to test a nightly build. However, being back now, I've tested the latest release and can confirm that the issue has been fixed there.


  9. Support Staff 6 Posted by Steve on 12 Sep, 2019 09:23 PM

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    Thanks a lot for your feedback.

    Glad this is solved for you. I'm closing this discussion. Should you need further assistance or have questions you can re-open this discussion here or open a new one any time.


  10. Steve closed this discussion on 12 Sep, 2019 09:23 PM.

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