GPG Says my Keys are revoked

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11 Jun, 2013 01:06 PM

I added 2 keys recently to my GPG Key Chain Access and uploaded them to the SKS Keyserver. I went to send an e-mail today and it claimed that my sub key had expired. I checked the expiration date on the key server and it said my expiration date wasn't until 2018. While checking the status on my keys in GPG Key Chain it said all of my keys had been revoked. I'm very frustrated because I shared my signature with a few people and would hate to have to make another key or sub key. Is there any explanation why this might have happened or how I might fix this? Please help!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 12 Jun, 2013 03:36 PM

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    Hi Dan,

    first off there isn't any way to undo a revocation. So what's done is done. But let's look into how this happened. Did you have a revocation certificate created when you created the keys in the first place? May it be, that you accidentally clicked on that certificate?

    We have an existing ticket to add a confirmation dialogue for such important tasks:

    Do you have a backup of your keys? In that case you could delete the revoked key and import the backup. Make sure to not upload those revoked keys in that case.

    Best, steve

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 21 Jun, 2013 10:44 AM

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    No further user feedback. Closing.

    @Dan: Should your problem persist, feel free to re-open this discussion any time.

    All the best, steve

  3. Steve closed this discussion on 21 Jun, 2013 10:44 AM.

  4. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 07 Feb, 2014 05:01 PM

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    Fixed in latest nightly. When now importing a revocation certificate, the user will see a message informing about the consequences and will have to confirm the import first before any damage can be done.

  5. Steve closed this discussion on 07 Feb, 2014 05:01 PM.

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