[Enigmail] New GnuPG 2.0.27

David lists at theflorys.org
Fri Mar 20 19:11:18 CET 2015

On 03/18/2015 12:04 PM, Bob Henson wrote:
> On 18/03/2015 12:57 pm, Ludwig Hügelschäfer wrote:
>> On 18.03.15 12:11, Bob Henson wrote:
>>> I just installed the new GnupG 2.0.27, via Gpg4Win 2.2.4 vanilla.
>>> I couldnot access the Enigmail key management window at all -
>>> getting the following error message:-
>>> error The spinner was indicating that it was trying to load the
>>> keys, but nothing happenedafter a considerable wait.
>>> I reinstalled it over itself to no avail. I re-installed 2.0.26
>>> via Gpg4Win 2.2.3 and all was immediately restored to full
>>> functioning . Not being very technical, I have no idea why this
>>> should be but thought it would be of interest, and that someone
>>> might know why? I'm not currently connected to the GPG4Win forum,
>>> so I can't say if it has been mentioned in there.
>> The deeper reason is, that GnuPG 2.0.27 errors out if it detects weak
>> digest algorithms. They are used on older keys, having the MD5 hash.
>> See the release notes for 2.0.27:
>> http://lists.gnupg.org/pipermail/gnupg-announce/2015q1/000362.html
>> This behaviour prohibits loading the key list, as Enigmail respects
>> the exit code of GnuPG and thinks, there is a serious error and no
>> usable output. So, this is no bug which was introduced with Enigmail
>> 1.8, you would certainly get the same behaviour with 1.7.2.
>> As a first aid, this can be fixed by the following procedure: Open
>> Enigmail -> Preferences. Ensure the "Advanced" tab is shown. If not,
>> click on "Show Expert Settings and Menues". Select the "Advanced" tab.
>> Put the following in the field "Additional parameters for GnuPG":
>> --allow-weak-digest-algos
> OK, I'll use that for the moment whilst I work out which of the keyring
> have the old hash. Thanks for the help.
Is there a method to search my keyring for keys with the MD5 hash other
than looking one by one?

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