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GnuPG 1.4.12 released

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new stable GnuPG-1
release: Version 1.4.12.

The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) is GNU's tool for secure communication
and data storage. It is a complete and free replacement of PGP and
can be used to encrypt data and to create digital signatures. It
includes an advanced key management facility, smartcard support and is
compliant with the OpenPGP Internet standard as described by RFC-4880.

Note that this version is from the GnuPG-1 series and thus smaller than
those from the GnuPG-2 series, easier to build and also better portable
to ancient platforms. In contrast to GnuPG-2 (e.g version 2.0.18) it
comes with no support for S/MIME, Secure Shell, or other tools useful
for desktop environments. Fortunately you may install both versions
alongside on the same system without any conflict.

What's New

* GPG now accepts a space separated fingerprint as a user ID.
This allows to copy and paste the fingerprint from the key

* Removed support for the original HKP keyserver which is not
anymore used by any site.

* Rebuild the trustdb after changing the option --min-cert-level.

* Improved JPEG detection.

* Included more VMS patches

* Made it easier to create an installer for Windows.

* Supports the 32 bit variant of the mingw-w64 toolchain.

* Made file locking more portable.

* Minor bug fixes.

* Ukrainian translation.

Getting the Software

First of all, decide whether you really need GnuPG version 1.4.x - most
users are better off with the modern GnuPG 2.0.x version. Thene follow
the instructions found at or read on:

GnuPG 1.4.12 may be downloaded from one of the GnuPG mirror sites or
direct from . The list of mirrors can be
found at . Note, that GnuPG is not
available at

On the mirrors you should find the following files in the *gnupg*

gnupg-1.4.12.tar.bz2 (3500k)

GnuPG source compressed using BZIP2 and OpenPGP signature.

gnupg-1.4.12.tar.gz (4823k)

GnuPG source compressed using GZIP and OpenPGP signature.

gnupg-1.4.11-1.4.12.diff.bz2 (574k)

A patch file to upgrade a 1.4.11 GnuPG source tree. This patch
does not include updates of the language files.

Select one of them. To shorten the download time, you probably want to
get the BZIP2 compressed file. Please try another mirror if
exceptional your mirror is not yet up to date.

In the *binary* directory, you should find these files:

gnupg-w32cli-1.4.12.exe (1557k)

GnuPG compiled for Microsoft Windows and OpenPGP signature.
This is a command line only version; the source files are the
same as given above. Note, that this is a minimal installer and
unless you are just in need for the gpg binary, you are better
off using the full featured installer at .

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-1.4.12.tar.bz2 you would use this command:

gpg --verify gnupg-1.4.12.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' | gpg --import

or using a keyserver like

gpg --recv-key 4F25E3B6

The distribution key 1CE0C630 is signed by the well known keys
1E42B367. If you get an key expired message, you should retrieve a
fresh copy as the expiration date might have been prolonged.


* 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-1.4.12.tar.bz2, you would run the sha1sum command like this:

sha1sum gnupg-1.4.12.tar.bz2

and check that the output matches the first line from the
following list:

9b78e20328d35525af7b8a9c1cf081396910e937 gnupg-1.4.12.tar.bz2
790587e440ec7d429b120db7a96a237badc638fd gnupg-1.4.12.tar.gz
5ce9105ce6b6c9c38638eead87658f4b735a4a68 gnupg-1.4.11-1.4.12.diff.bz2
e7d8e48900d35fe407a8d8308b3a02b8de46b2f2 gnupg-w32cli-1.4.12.exe


GnuPG comes with support for 29 languages. Due to a lot of new and
changed strings some translations are not entirely complete. The
Chinese (Simple and Traditional), Czech, Dutch, French, German,
Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian and
Turkish translations are close to be complete.


A listing with commercial support offers for GnuPG is available at:

Improving and maintaining GnuPG is costly, but you can help! g10 Code
GmbH (, a Duesseldorf based company owned and headed
by GnuPG's principal author, has been funding GnuPG development for more
than 10 years now. They are looking for organizations that find GnuPG
useful and wish to contribute back by ordering extensions, sign into a
support contract, or employ them for other development projects.


We have to thank all the people who helped with this release, be it
testing, coding, translating, suggesting, auditing, donating money,
spreading the word, or answering questions on the mailing lists.

Happy Hacking,

The GnuPG Team (David, Werner and the other contributors)

Die Gedanken sind frei. Ausnahmen regelt ein Bundesgesetz.