GPG Keychain: Publish key to keyserver not working

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daniel.mihai.baragan

17 Apr, 2019 05:08 PM

Key published to key server still not available even though one year passed.

I created a key and published it more than a year ago.
I have published it to mit: hkps://pgp.mit.edu
Searching for the key never yielded my key pretty much all the keyserver I googled:
https://keyserver.pgp.com/vkd/GetWelcomeScreen.event
http://keys.gnupg.net
and https://pgp.mit.edu is currently down.

I have published my key to all other keyservers listet in PGP keychain prefrences, but I can't find my key anywhere published
(and I couldn't find any public search services for the keyservers listed in Preferences except MIT, which has one but is not working.

I suspect that MIT keyserver might not have communicated my key to peers but I'm not sure.

What is going on with all the servers under your Preferences? could it be that all of them are not working properly?
I don't get an error while publishing, but could it be that the publishing actually fails?

Thank you very much,
Daniel

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 17 Apr, 2019 07:15 PM

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    Hi Daniel,

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

    Could you open System Preferences > GPG Suite > Settings, tick the beta option in the updates area and update to 2019.1b1.

    Then please re-upload your public key, allow 1-2 hours for the key servers to sync the new information and do a test search for that key.

    Please let me know if that worked.

    All the best,
    Steve

  2. 2 Posted by daniel.mihai.ba... on 19 Apr, 2019 10:30 PM

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    Hi Steve,

    I have updated gpg tools to the beta version (release April, 8th)

    Still can’t find my ID online.
    MIT works intermittently, but even when it does it can’t find me.
    Also published to other servers in settings. Can’t find my key on any online key server search I could find.
    More than 8 hours have passed since publishing.

    I remember I was able to find my ID on MIT (the serve of choice for me) a long time ago, but not on other pub key servers (I’ve been using this key for more than a year now)

    Any other ideas of how to solve this?

    regards,
    Daniel Bărăgan

    (GPG key ID: 1A066EAD)

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 20 Apr, 2019 04:11 PM

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    Hi Daniel,

    just searched your key using "1A066EAD" as search string and did find the entry (see screenshot).

    In my test I was using the default key server hkps cluster:
    hkps://hkps.pool.sks-keyservers.net

    Can you repear your search. Are you seeing any errors at all when searching for keys?

    Can you search for
    85E3 8F69 046B 44C1 EC9F  B07B 76D7 8F05 00D0 26C4
    and let me know if you get any results?

    Best,
    Steve

  4. 4 Posted by daniel.mihai.ba... on 25 Apr, 2019 02:42 PM

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    Hi Steve!

    You are right… (they all work except for MIT one… (which has some problems since a week already)

    It’s funny that I can’t find a service on the web for others to use and where my key shows up… (not even after I explicitly exported the key to such services…)
    But this has nothing to do with GPG Tools.

    Thank you for your time
    regards,
    Daniel Bărăgan

    (GPG key ID: 1A066EAD)

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Steve on 26 Apr, 2019 11:45 AM

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    Auto Crypt would help mitigate this problem. We are looking into adding that.

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Steve on 26 Apr, 2019 11:46 AM

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    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.

    Best,
    Steve

  7. Steve closed this discussion on 26 Apr, 2019 11:46 AM.

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  10. Support Staff 7 Posted by Steve on 29 Apr, 2019 12:03 PM

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    Please note that if you do a websearch for a key ID you need to put "0x" n front of that string.

    So if you search for 1A066EAD you would have to use 0x1A066EAD in order for the web search to work.

  11. 8 Posted by daniel.mihai.ba... on 29 Apr, 2019 12:16 PM

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    Ups…

    Right… much better now :-)

    Thank you very much Steve!

    regards,
    Daniel Bărăgan

    (GPG key ID: 0x1A066EAD)

  12. Support Staff 9 Posted by Steve on 29 Apr, 2019 12:21 PM

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    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.

    Best,
    Steve

  13. Steve closed this discussion on 29 Apr, 2019 12:21 PM.

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