PGP key expires

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22 May, 2018 01:16 PM

I got an email by one Paul M Furley [email blocked] with the message that my key expires in some days.

  • Does my PGP key really expire in some days?

  • He also writes "You can extend your key's expiry date and push it to the keyservers." and describes how I should do it. Should I do it?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 23 May, 2018 11:19 AM

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    Hi Tilmann,

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

    That is an automated email not coming from us. But it is correct.

    Let's check if your key is ok:

    1. open GPG Keychain
    2. double click your sec/pub key
    3. search for "Validity" in key tab and post the value to your discussion
    4. search for "Validity" in subkey tab and post the value to your discussion

    Should your key have expired, please re-new the expiration date in the key tab. To renew the subkey, click the cogwheel icon in the subkey tab and update the expiration date.

    To test the change, send a signed and encrypted test email to yourself. Are you able to decrypt and verify the signature successfully?

    In case your key resides on the public key servers, don't forget to upload your updated key, so that the changes are reflected there as well.

    We have open tickets to address this problem. Ideally GPG Keychain and GPGMail would be more pro-active about expiring keys and inform users ahead of the expiry date and explain how by extending the expiry date the key can be used in the future.

    Best regards,

  2. Steve closed this discussion on 27 Aug, 2018 10:49 AM.

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