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PGP installed? Will you import keys?
Posted on 14 January 2004 09:05 AM
Question:

We are wanting to set up a secure way of emailing data from a form for a couple of our sites and for some clients that are also being hosted with FutureQuest. However, I have a couple of questions:

1. Do you have a copy of PGP installed on the server, and if not, will you install one? It's free and very easy.

2. Will you import some keys into the keyring for us, which just takes a minute?

Answer:

We have two flavors of PGP within the server core:
pgp 2.6.3
and
pgp 5.0 (unix50i1b)

pgp5 is the default and minor path modifications will need to be made if you want to use the pgp 2.6.3 version.

The path for version 5 would simply be:
/usr/bin/pgp

To gain access to the older 2.6.3i:
Edit your .bash_profile and *prepend* this directory to it--
/usr/local/pgp263/bin

The documentation files are in that tree as well:
/usr/local/pgp263

This will override the /usr/bin/pgp '5.0' version.

To read the older man page, execute the following command:
$man /usr/local/pgp263/man/man1/pgp.1

You will need to import your keys into your own private keyring as there is no centralized key management available. There was never a need as personal keyrings work just fine.

We cannot support the pgp application itself in terms of usage, but we will ensure that the programs are available and maintained. As it relates to this topic, you may wish to view the following FAQ as well:
Receiving credit card information securely via email?