Release Digest: GNU, July 27, 2004Jul 28, 2004, 04:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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 and is compliant with the proposed OpenPGP Internet standard as described in RFC2440.
This is mainly a bug fix release; for details see the "What's New" section below.
Getting the Software
Please follow the instructions found at http://www.gnupg.org/download/ or read on:
GnuPG 1.2.5 may be downloaded from one of the GnuPG mirror sites or direct from ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt. 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 mirrors you should find the following files in the gnupg directory:
GnuPG source compressed using BZIP2 and OpenPGP signature.
GnuPG source compressed using GZIP and OpenPGP signature.
A patch file to upgrade a 1.2.4 GnuPG source. This file is signed; you have to use GnuPG > 0.9.5 to verify the signature. GnuPG has a feature to allow clear signed patch files which can still be processed by the patch utility.
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 compiled for Microsoft Windows and OpenPGP signature. Note that this is a command line version and comes without a graphical installer tool. You have to use an UNZIP utility to extract the files and install them manually. The included file README.W32 has further instructions.
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:
gpg --verify gnupg-1.2.5.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 "finger wk 'at' g10code.com" or "dd9jn 'at' gnu.org" or using the keyservers. I recently prolonged the expiration date; thus you might need a fresh copy of that key.
Never use a GnuPG version you just downloaded to check the integrity of the source - use an existing GnuPG installation!
and check that the output matches the first line from the following list:
If you are upgrading from a version prior to 1.0.7, you should run the script tools/convert-from-106 once. Please note also that due to a bug in versions prior to 1.0.6 it may not be possible to downgrade to such versions unless you apply the patch http://www.gnupg.org/developer/gpg-woody-fix.txt .
Here is a list of major user visible changes since 1.2.4:
GnuPG comes with support for 28 languages:
Languages marked with [*] were not updated for this release and you may notice untranslated messages. Many thanks to the translators for their ongoing support of GnuPG.
GnuPG 1.2.x is the current stable branch and won't undergo any serious changes. We will just fix bugs and add compatibility fixes as required.
GnuPG 1.3.x is the version were we do most new stuff and it will lead to the next stable version 1.4 not too far away.
GnuPG 1.9.x is next generation GnuPG. This version merged the code Fromthe Aegypten project and thus it includes the gpg-agent, a smartcard daemon and gpg's S/MIME cousin gpgsm. The design is different to the previous versions and we may not support all ancient systems - thus POSIX compatibility will be an absolute requirement for supported platforms. 1.9 is based on an somewhat older 1.3 code and will peacefully coexist with other GnuPG versions.
The GnuPG Team (David, Stefan, Timo and Werner)