|From:||Werner Koch <wk-AT-gnupg.org>|
|Subject:||GnuPG 2.0.3 released|
|Date:||Thu, 08 Mar 2007 15:36:30 +0100|
Hello! We are pleased to announce the availability of a new stable GnuPG-2 release: Version 2.0.3 This is bug fix release. There are also some minor enhancements. The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) is GNU's tool for secure communication and data storage. It can be used to encrypt data, create digital signatures, help authenticating using Secure Shell and to provide a framework for public key cryptography. It includes an advanced key management facility and is compliant with the OpenPGP and S/MIME standards. GnuPG-2 has a different architecture than GnuPG-1 (e.g. 1.4.6) in that it splits up functionality into several modules. However, both versions may be installed alongside without any conflict. In fact, the gpg version from GnuPG-1 is able to make use of the gpg-agent as included in GnuPG-2 and allows for seamless passphrase caching. The advantage of GnuPG-1 is its smaller size and the lack of dependency on other modules at run and build time. We will keep maintaining GnuPG-1 versions because they are very useful for small systems and for server based applications requiring only OpenPGP support. GnuPG is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). GnuPG-2 works best on GNU/Linux or *BSD systems. Getting the Software ==================== Please follow the instructions found at http://www.gnupg.org/download/ or read on: GnuPG 2.0.3 may be downloaded from one of the GnuPG mirror sites or direct from ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/gnupg/ . The list of mirrors can be found at http://www.gnupg.org/mirrors.html . Note, that GnuPG is not available at ftp.gnu.org. On the FTP server and ist mirrors you should find the following files in the *gnupg* directory: gnupg-2.0.3.tar.bz2 (3.8M) gnupg-2.0.3.tar.bz2.sig GnuPG source compressed using BZIP2 and OpenPGP signature. gnupg-2.0.3-2.0.3.diff.bz2 (29k) A patch file to upgrade a 2.0.2 GnuPG source. The patch file does not include updates of the language files. Note, that we don't distribute gzip compressed tarballs. Checking the Integrity ====================== In order to check that the version of GnuPG which you are going to install is an original and unmodified one, you can do it in one of the following ways: * If you already have a trusted version of GnuPG installed, you can simply check the supplied signature. For example to check the signature of the file gnupg-2.0.3.tar.bz2 you would use this command: gpg --verify gnupg-2.0.3.tar.bz2.sig This checks whether the signature file matches the source file. You should see a message indicating that the signature is good and made by that signing key. Make sure that you have the right key, either by checking the fingerprint of that key with other sources or by checking that the key has been signed by a trustworthy other key. Note, that you can retrieve the signing key using the command finger wk ,at' g10code.com or using a keyserver like gpg --recv-key 1CE0C630 The distribution key 1CE0C630 is signed by the well known key 5B0358A2. If you get an key expired message, you should retrieve a fresh copy as the expiration date might have been prolonged. NEVER USE A GNUPG VERSION YOU JUST DOWNLOADED TO CHECK THE INTEGRITY OF THE SOURCE - USE AN EXISTING GNUPG INSTALLATION! * If you are not able to use an old version of GnuPG, you have to verify the SHA-1 checksum. Assuming you downloaded the file gnupg-2.0.3.tar.bz2, you would run the sha1sum command like this: sha1sum gnupg-2.0.3.tar.bz2 and check that the output matches the first line from the following list: 4680bcb96873191b331252ae40b35e39589c58ca gnupg-2.0.3.tar.bz2 901b8d9fe430e12c14d16365a08d50389c305f9a gnupg-2.0.2-2.0.3.diff.bz2 What's New =========== * By default, do not allow processing multiple plaintexts in a single stream. Many programs that called GnuPG were assuming that GnuPG did not permit this, and were thus not using the plaintext boundary status tags that GnuPG provides. This change makes GnuPG reject such messages by default which makes those programs safe again. --allow-multiple-messages returns to the old behavior. * New --verify-option show-primary-uid-only. * gpgconf may now reads a global configuration file to select which options are changeable by a frontend. The new applygnupgdefaults tool may be used by an admin to set default options for all users. * The PIN pad of the Cherry XX44 keyboard is now supported. The DINSIG and the NKS applications are now also aware of PIN pads. Internationalization ==================== GnuPG comes with support for 27 languages. Due to a lot of new and changed strings most translations are not entirely complete. The Swedish, Turkish, German and Russian translations should be complete. Documentation ============= We are currently working on an installation guide to explain in more detail how to configure the new features. As of now the chapters on gpg-agent and gpgsm include brief information on how to set up the whole thing. Please watch the GnuPG website for updates of the documentation. In the meantime you may search the GnuPG mailing list archives or ask on the gnupg-users mailing lists for advise on how to solve problems. Many of the new features are around for several years and thus enough public knowledge is already available. KDE's KMail is the most prominent user of GnuPG. In fact it has been developed along with the Kmail folks. Mutt users might want to use the configure option "--enable-gpgme" and "set use_crypt_gpgme" in ~/.muttrc to make use of GnuPG-2 to enable S/MIME in addition to a reworked OpenPGP support. The manual is also available online in HTML format at http://www.gnupg.org/documentation/manuals/gnupg/ and as an PDF at http://www.gnupg.org/documentation/manuals/gnupg.pdf . Support ======= Improving GnuPG is costly, but you can help! We are looking for organizations that find GnuPG useful and wish to contribute back. You can contribute by reporting bugs, improve the software, or by donating money. Commercial support contracts for GnuPG are available, and they help finance continued maintenance. g10 Code GmbH, a Duesseldorf based company owned and headed by GnuPG's principal author, is currently funding GnuPG development. We are always looking for interesting development projects. A service directory is available at: http://www.gnupg.org/service.html Thanks ====== We have to thank all the people who helped with this release, be it testing, coding, translating, suggesting, auditing, administering the servers, spreading the word or answering questions on the mailing lists. Happy Hacking, The GnuPG Team (David, Marcus, Werner and all other contributors) -- Werner Koch <email@example.com> The GnuPG Experts http://g10code.com _______________________________________________ Gnupg-announce mailing list Gnupgfirstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.gnupg.org/mailman/listinfo/gnupg-announce
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