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gnupg -- false positive signature verification


Werner Koch reports:

The Gentoo project identified a security related bug in GnuPG. When using any current version of GnuPG for unattended signature verification (e.g. by scripts and mail programs), false positive signature verification of detached signatures may occur.

This problem affects the tool *gpgv*, as well as using "gpg --verify" to imitate gpgv, if only the exit code of the process is used to decide whether a detached signature is valid. This is a plausible mode of operation for gpgv.

If, as suggested, the --status-fd generated output is used to decide whether a signature is valid, no problem exists. In particular applications making use of the GPGME library[2] are not affected.



portaudit: gnupg -- false positive signature verification

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