Hello! We are pleased to announce the availability of a new stable GnuPG release: version 2.3.8. This release comes with a lot of new features and the binary releases come with the fix for the Libksba vulnerability CVE-2022-3515 (https://gnupg.org/blog/20221017-pepe-left-the-ksba.html).
What is GnuPG ============= The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG, GPG) is a complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP and S/MIME standards. GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign data and communication, features a versatile key management system as well as access modules for public key directories. GnuPG itself is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications. The separate library GPGME provides a uniform API to use the GnuPG engine by software written in common programming languages. A wealth of frontend applications and libraries making use of GnuPG are available. As an universal crypto engine GnuPG provides support for S/MIME and Secure Shell in addition to OpenPGP. GnuPG is Free Software (meaning that it respects your freedom). It can be freely used, modified and distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Three different series of GnuPG are actively maintained: - Version 2.3 is the current stable version with a lot of new features compared to 2.2. This announcement is about the latest release of this series. - Version 2.2 is our LTS (long term support) version and guaranteed to be maintained at least until the end of 2024. Only a small subset of features from 2.3 has been back-ported to this series. See https://gnupg.org/download/index.html#end-of-life - Version 1.4 is only maintained to allow decryption of very old data which is, for security reasons, not anymore possible with other GnuPG versions. Noteworthy changes in version 2.3.8 =================================== * gpg: Do not consider unknown public keys as non-compliant while decrypting. [T6205] * gpg: Avoid to emit a compliance mode line if Libgcrypt is non-compliant. [T6221] * gpg: Improve --edit-key setpref command to ease c+p. [rG1908fa8b83] * gpg: Emit an ERROR status if --quick-set-primary-uid fails and allow to pass the user ID by hash. [T6126] * gpg: Actually show symmetric+pubkey encrypted data as de-vs compliant. Add extra compliance checks for symkey_enc packets. [T6119] * gpg: In de-vs mode use SHA-256 instead of SHA-1 as implicit preference. [T6043] * gpgsm: Fix reporting of bad passphrase error during PKCS#11 import. [T5713,T6037] * agent: Fix a regression in "READKEY --format=ssh". [T6012] * agent: New option --need-attr for KEYINFO. [rG989eae648c] * agent: New attribute "Remote-list" for use by KEYINFO. [r1383aa4750] * scd: Fix problem with Yubikey 5.4 firmware. [T6070] * dirmngr: Fix CRL Distribution Point fallback to other schemes. [rG0c8299e2b5] * dirmngr: New LDAP server flag "areconly" (A-record-only). [rGd65a0335e5] * dirmngr: Fix upload of multiple keys for an LDAP server specified using the colon format. [rG536b5cd663] * dirmngr: Use LDAP schema v2 when a Base DN is specified. [T6047] * dirmngr: Avoid caching expired certificates. [T6142] * wkd: Fix path traversal attack in gpg-wks-server. Add the mail address to the pending request data. [rG8a63a8c825,T6098] * wkd: New command --mirror for gpg-wks-client. [T6224] * gpg-auth: New tool for authentication. [T5862] * New common.conf option no-autostart. [rG203dcc19eb] * Silence warnings from AllowSetForegroundWindow unless GNUPG_EXEC_DEBUG_FLAGS is used. [rG4ef8516a79] Release-info: https://dev.gnupg.org/T6106 Getting the Software ==================== Please follow the instructions found at <https://gnupg.org/download/> or read on: GnuPG may be downloaded from one of the GnuPG mirror sites or direct from its primary FTP server. The list of mirrors can be found at <https://gnupg.org/download/mirrors.html>. Note that GnuPG is not available at ftp.gnu.org. The GnuPG source code compressed using BZIP2 and its OpenPGP signature are available here: https://gnupg.org/ftp/gcrypt/gnupg/gnupg-2.3.8.tar.bz2 (7465k) https://gnupg.org/ftp/gcrypt/gnupg/gnupg-2.3.8.tar.bz2.sig An installer for Windows without any graphical frontend except for a very minimal Pinentry tool is available here: https://gnupg.org/ftp/gcrypt/binary/gnupg-w32-2.3.8_20221013.exe (4797k) https://gnupg.org/ftp/gcrypt/binary/gnupg-w32-2.3.8_20221013.exe.sig The source used to build the Windows installer can be found in the same directory with a ".tar.xz" suffix. A new release of Gpg4win (version 4.0.4) including this version of GnuPG is available at https://gpg4win.org We will shortly announce a Linux AppImage of this version featuring Kleopatra as graphical user interface. 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 version of GnuPG installed, you can simply verify the supplied signature. For example to verify the signature of the file gnupg-2.3.8.tar.bz2 you would use this command: gpg --verify gnupg-2.3.8.tar.bz2.sig gnupg-2.3.8.tar.bz2 This checks whether the signature file matches the source file. You should see a message indicating that the signature is good and made by one or more of the release signing keys. Make sure that this is a valid key, either by matching the shown fingerprint against a trustworthy list of valid release signing keys or by checking that the key has been signed by trustworthy other keys. See the end of this mail for information on the signing keys. * If you are not able to use an existing version of GnuPG, you have to verify the SHA-1 checksum. On Unix systems the command to do this is either "sha1sum" or "shasum". Assuming you downloaded the file gnupg-2.3.8.tar.bz2, you run the command like this: sha1sum gnupg-2.3.8.tar.bz2 and check that the output matches the next line: 1f31b7b4c9c9adad97f94ea3acf1aa64c0424bcc gnupg-2.3.8.tar.bz2 014aa20eb1ac677736d0c2e056adc55304e12679 gnupg-w32-2.3.8_20221013.tar.xz 6cfabadbaf15a27988a11e811e9eabb20077b4ff gnupg-w32-2.3.8_20221013.exe Internationalization ==================== This version of GnuPG has support for 26 languages with Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian being almost completely translated. Documentation and Support ========================= The file gnupg.info has the complete reference manual of the system. Separate man pages are included as well but they miss some of the details available only in the manual. The manual is also available online at https://gnupg.org/documentation/manuals/gnupg/ or can be downloaded as PDF at https://gnupg.org/documentation/manuals/gnupg.pdf You may also want to search the GnuPG mailing list archives or ask on the gnupg-users mailing list for advise on how to solve problems. Most of the new features are around for several years and thus enough public experience is available. https://wiki.gnupg.org has user contributed information around GnuPG and relate software. In case of build problems specific to this release please first check https://dev.gnupg.org/T6106 for updated information. Please consult the archive of the gnupg-users mailing list before reporting a bug: https://gnupg.org/documentation/mailing-lists.html. We suggest to send bug reports for a new release to this list in favor of filing a bug at https://bugs.gnupg.org. If you need commercial support go to https://gnupg.com or https://gnupg.org/service.html. If you are a developer and you need a certain feature for your project, please do not hesitate to bring it to the gnupg-devel mailing list for discussion. Thanks ====== Since 2001 maintenance and development of GnuPG is done by g10 Code GmbH and has mostly been financed by donations. Three full-time employed developers as well as two contractors exclusively work on GnuPG and closely related software like Libgcrypt, GPGME and Gpg4win. Fortunately, and this is still not common with free software, we have now established a way of financing the development while keeping all our software free and freely available for everyone. Our model is similar to the way RedHat manages RHEL and Fedora: Except for the actual binary of the MSI installer for Windows and client specific configuration files, all the software is available under the GNU GPL and other Open Source licenses. Thus customers may even build and distribute their own version of the software as long as they do not use our trademark GnuPG VS-Desktop®. We like to thank all the nice people who are helping the GnuPG project, be it testing, coding, translating, suggesting, auditing, administering the servers, spreading the word, answering questions on the mailing lists, or helping with donations. *Thank you all* Your GnuPG hackers p.s. This is an announcement only mailing list. Please send replies only to the gnupg-users at gnupg.org mailing list. List of Release Signing Keys: To guarantee that a downloaded GnuPG version has not been tampered by malicious entities we provide signature files for all tarballs and binary versions. The keys are also signed by the long term keys of their respective owners. Current releases are signed by one or more of these four keys: rsa3072 2017-03-17 [expires: 2027-03-15] 5B80 C575 4298 F0CB 55D8 ED6A BCEF 7E29 4B09 2E28 Andre Heinecke (Release Signing Key) ed25519 2020-08-24 [expires: 2030-06-30] 6DAA 6E64 A76D 2840 571B 4902 5288 97B8 2640 3ADA Werner Koch (dist signing 2020) ed25519 2021-05-19 [expires: 2027-04-04] AC8E 115B F73E 2D8D 47FA 9908 E98E 9B2D 19C6 C8BD Niibe Yutaka (GnuPG Release Key) brainpoolP256r1 2021-10-15 [expires: 2029-12-31] 02F3 8DFF 731F F97C B039 A1DA 549E 695E 905B A208 GnuPG.com (Release Signing Key 2021) The keys are available at https://gnupg.org/signature_key.html and in any recently released GnuPG tarball in the file g10/distsigkey.gpg . Note that this mail has been signed by a different key. -- The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service. - A. Einstein
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