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GnuPG 2.2.16 released

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new GnuPG release:
version 2.2.16. This is a maintenance release; see below for a list

About 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.

Noteworthy changes in version 2.2.16

* gpg,gpgsm: Fix deadlock on Windows due to a keybox sharing
violation. [#4505]

* gpg: Allow deletion of subkeys with --delete-key. This finally
makes the bang-suffix work as expected for that command. [#4457]

* gpg: Replace SHA-1 by SHA-256 in self-signatures when updating
them with --quick-set-expire or --quick-set-primary-uid. [#4508]

* gpg: Improve the photo image viewer selection. [#4334]

* gpg: Fix decryption with --use-embedded-filename. [#4500]

* gpg: Remove hints on using the --keyserver option. [#4512]

* gpg: Fix export of certain secret keys with comments. [#4490]

* gpg: Reject too long user-ids in --quick-gen-key. [#4532]

* gpg: Fix a double free in the best key selection code. [#4462]

* gpg: Fix the key generation dialog for switching back from EdDSA

* gpg: Use AES-192 with SHA-384 to comply with RFC-6637.

* gpg: Use only the addrspec from the Signer's UID subpacket to
mitigate a problem with another implementation.

* gpg: Skip invalid packets during a keyring listing and sync
diagnostics with the output.

* gpgsm: Avoid confusing diagnostic when signing with the default
key. [#4535]

* agent: Do not delete any secret key in --dry-run mode.

* agent: Fix failures on 64 bit big-endian boxes related to URIs in
a keyfile. [#4501]

* agent: Stop scdaemon after a reload with disable-scdaemon newly
configured. [#4326]

* dirmngr: Improve caching algorithm for WKD domains.

* dirmngr: Support other hash algorithms than SHA-1 for OCSP. [#3966]

* gpgconf: Make --homedir work for --launch. [#4496]

* gpgconf: Before --launch check for a valid config file. [#4497]

* wkd: Do not import more than 5 keys from one WKD address.

* wkd: Accept keys which are stored in armored format in the

* The installer for Windows now comes with signed binaries.


Getting the Software

Please follow the instructions found at <> or
read on:

GnuPG 2.2.16 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
<>. Note that GnuPG is not
available at

The GnuPG source code compressed using BZIP2 and its OpenPGP signature
are available here: (6542k)

An installer for Windows without any graphical frontend except for a
very minimal Pinentry tool is available here: (4183k)

The source used to build the Windows installer can be found in the same
directory with a ".tar.xz" suffix.

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-2.2.16.tar.bz2 you would use this command:

gpg --verify gnupg-2.2.16.tar.bz2.sig gnupg-2.2.16.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-2.2.16.tar.bz2, you run the command like this:

sha1sum gnupg-2.2.16.tar.bz2

and check that the output matches the next line:

f956c8cebee3a6ddb2ce6e6e058d474d056dd9e0 gnupg-2.2.16.tar.bz2
8d2214dc3dd4a34c69953b1c9254520fd07033f1 gnupg-w32-2.2.16_20190528.tar.xz
caf09d6e0e47d87675f1805409a503ce0cf93a4e gnupg-w32-2.2.16_20190528.exe


This version of GnuPG has support for 26 languages with Chinese
(traditional and simplified), Czech, French, German, Japanese,
Norwegian, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian being almost completely

Documentation and Support

If you used GnuPG in the past you should read the description of
changes and new features at doc/whats-new-in-2.1.txt or online at

The file 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 thee manual. The manual is also available
online at

or can be downloaded as PDF at .

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. has user contributed
information around GnuPG and relate software.

In case of build problems specific to this release please first check for updated information.

Please consult the archive of the gnupg-users mailing list before
reporting a bug: <>.
We suggest to send bug reports for a new release to this list in favor
of filing a bug at <>. If you need commercial
support check out <>.

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


Maintenance and development of GnuPG is mostly financed by donations.
The GnuPG project currently employs two full-time developers and one
contractor. They all work exclusively on GnuPG and closely related
software like Libgcrypt, GPGME and Gpg4win.

We have to thank all the people who helped the GnuPG project, be it
testing, coding, translating, suggesting, auditing, administering the
servers, spreading the word, and answering questions on the mailing

Many thanks to our numerous financial supporters, both corporate and
individuals. Without you it would not be possible to keep GnuPG in a
good shape and to address all the small and larger requests made by our
users. Thanks.

Happy hacking,

Your GnuPG hackers

This is an announcement only mailing list. Please send replies only to
the gnupg-users'at' 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:

rsa2048 2011-01-12 [expires: 2019-12-31]
Key fingerprint = D869 2123 C406 5DEA 5E0F 3AB5 249B 39D2 4F25 E3B6
Werner Koch (dist sig)

rsa2048 2014-10-29 [expires: 2019-12-31]
Key fingerprint = 46CC 7308 65BB 5C78 EBAB ADCF 0437 6F3E E085 6959
David Shaw (GnuPG Release Signing Key) <dshaw 'at'>

rsa2048 2014-10-29 [expires: 2020-10-30]
Key fingerprint = 031E C253 6E58 0D8E A286 A9F2 2071 B08A 33BD 3F06
NIIBE Yutaka (GnuPG Release Key) <gniibe 'at'>

rsa3072 2017-03-17 [expires: 2027-03-15]
Key fingerprint = 5B80 C575 4298 F0CB 55D8 ED6A BCEF 7E29 4B09 2E28
Andre Heinecke (Release Signing Key)

The keys are available at <> and
in any recently released GnuPG tarball in the file g10/distsigkey.gpg .
Note that this mail has been signed by a different key.

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