multipart/alternative HTML mails

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Tracy Sanyi

11 Mar, 2015 02:01 PM


Sometimes I receive PGP encrypted mails sent by Outlook + GpgOL which are not deciphered by GPGMail, 2.5b5 while my phone (K9mail + OpenKeychain) can decipher those mails.
I believe the problem is that those mails were sent as multipart/alternative with plain text and HTML. Instead of encrypting the HTML part, the ciphertext is formatted by HTML tags and therefore cannot be decrypted anymore (stupid Outlook...).

When I open such mails I see the ciphertext in pretty HTML instead of the decrypted mail. I would expect that GPGMail takes the plain text part from the mail for decryption, since it contains a vaild PGP block. Such as my phone is doing.

It is clear that the main problem is sending GPG enrypted mails as rich text, but there's little I can do to prevent that, so it would be great if GPGMail could deal with those mails.

Thanks, Tracy

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 31 Mar, 2015 07:14 PM

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    Hi Tracy,

    can you ask your contact with the mail client which produces those problematic emails to send an encrypted mail to [email blocked]? Our team key is on our homepage:

    Then we can see how it behaves and what causes the trouble.

    Please have your contact include a link to this discussion so we know what support case it is related to:


  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 03 Jun, 2015 05:57 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

  3. Steve closed this discussion on 03 Jun, 2015 05:57 PM.

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