Verify signature error

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13 Aug, 2013 02:05 PM

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1.9.1 build 507

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I selected some text, used Services -> OpenPGP: Encrypt Selection to encrypt/sign that text. I then selected the resultant block of cipher text and used Services -> OpenPGP: Verify

I expected a valid verification. Instead I got an error message box:

Blue gear icon

Bold text: Verification failed

Normal text: No signatures found within the selection

(OK button only option to click)

I tried just selecting some text and using Services -> OpenPGP: Sign Selection

This created a cleartext block that began with these lines:


Followed by the text I had chosen to sign.

If I select all the text, including the "BEGIN" line, and use Services -> OpenPGP: Verify, then I get a valid verification message.

Note that I have tried to download the nightly build, but when I go to the web browser is automatically forwarded to

So I am unable to try testing the nightly build.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Luke Le on 15 Aug, 2013 06:53 PM

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    Hi Dutch,

    actually, what you want to do is select OpenPGP: Decrypt if you encrypted and signed the message. GPGServices wants to see a signature and not encrypted text if you select OpenPGP: Verify. It's stupid that way at the moment.

    I'll create a ticket for that where you can follow progress:

  2. 2 Posted by Hq on 10 Sep, 2013 08:08 PM

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    The GnuPG manual describes how this case should be dealt with:

    "3.1.2 Commands to select the type of operation [...] --decrypt -d Decrypt the file given on the command line (or STDIN if no file is specified) and write it to STDOUT (or the file specified with --output). If the decrypted file is signed, the signature is also verified. [...]"

    This is presently handled correctly for files by GPGServices, but not for selected text. It fails to report the result of verification.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 04 Oct, 2013 11:32 AM

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    Closing this discussino. It will be reopened as soon as the according ticket is closed.

  4. Steve closed this discussion on 04 Oct, 2013 11:32 AM.

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