[Gpg4win-users-en] gpg4win: cannot enter passphrase when creating key

Alexander Kriegisch alexander at kriegisch.name
Sun Nov 10 14:37:03 CET 2013

I forgot to mention that my only workaround was to create a key pair with gpg on Linux and import it on my Windows machine. :-(

Alexander Kriegisch schrieb am 10.11.2013 14:34:

> Hi community.
> I have a fresh installation
>  - of gpg4win 2.2.1
>  - on Windows XP Pro SP3 (German).
> First I tried the vanilla version (only GnuPG command line), then later
> the full package with Kleopatra. The result is always the same: I cannot
> create a new key pair because somehow the passphrase is not captured
> correctly. On the command line the following happens:
>  - Run cmd.exe
>  - gpg --gen-key
>  - The whole assistant works nicely until I get to the part where I
>    should enter my passphrase. Now nothing happens, I see no dots or
>    asterisks when entering the passphrase. I can enter it as many times
>    as I want to, the passphrase is not captured. I can only stop the
>    process via Ctrl-C. Then the passphrase is written to the console
>    as CLEAR TEXT(!) and treated as if I entered it as a command. This
>    is a security nightmare. I cannot understand how something like this
>    can ever pass a test unnoticed.
> By the way, the same problem was reported long ago already, but nothing
> happened. See this thread:
> http://lists.wald.intevation.org/pipermail/gpg4win-users-en/2009-August/000349.html

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