Warn when a key is expired instead of sending plain text message

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Sintzoff André

14 Jan, 2018 08:28 PM

I don't find the way to prevent sending plaintext mail to a recipient having an expired key.

If a key is expired, GPGMail 2.7.1 sends the mail in plaintext.

With the current implementation, plaintext messages can be transmitted inadvertently. I felt into this trap.

I would prefer to have an error message saying something like: "The key of is expired. Please obtain a valid key for this address."


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 14 Jan, 2018 10:13 PM

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    Hi André,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you had to run into this situation where you sent a plaintext message when you were expecting to send an encrypted message.

    Thank you for your suggestion!

    We already have an open feature request to add a strict encryption mode which spits out a warning whenever an unencrypted message is sent and I've added your comments and vote to it. The number of votes is one factor that helps us to determine what feature to add next.

    Unfortunately there's no workaround for this problem at the time being. We're very sorry for that. This discussion will be updated however, when the requested feature is available.

    So for now, make sure to look at the encrypt / sign buttons twice before sending an important message you want to be encrypted.

    Have a nice day,

  2. Steve closed this discussion on 26 Mar, 2018 06:52 PM.

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