GnuPG Status Report

Intervenant(s) : Werner Koch

  • Langue : Anglais
  • Niveau : Confirmé
  • Type d'événement : Conférence
  • Date : Maandag 8 juli 2013
  • Horaire : 14h00
  • Durée : 40 minutes
  • Lieu : H 2215
Thème : Beveiliging
Fils rouges : Au quotidien
Public cible : GeeksProfessionnels


The GNU Privacy Guard is the standard tool for data and mail encryption as well as for creating digital signatures. First released in 1997, GnuPG is well matured software with a strong focus on quality releases and backward compatibility. It is core component of all Linux distributions and also available for Windows.

This talk describes the current status of the development: ECC in OpenPGP, SSH support, protocol independent private key storage, smartcard support, dropping of copyright assignment requirement, the g13 tool, the new keyserver access, increased performance, and not so well known tricks. Recent developments in Libgcrypt will also be part of the presentation.


Werner Koch, born 1961, married and living near Düsseldorf/Germany. After school, alternative service and apprenticeship as an electrician he worked as software developer while also studying computer science at the FH Dortmund. For several years he has been with ABIT Software as principal designer of their software framework. In 1991 he began to work as free-lance consultant and developer; he founded the Free Software company g10 Code in 2001. Koch is radio amateur since the late seventies and became interested in software development at about the same time. During the years he worked on systems ranging from small CP/M systems to mainframes, languages from assembler to Smalltalk and applications from drivers to financial analysis systems. He uses GNU/Linux as main development platform since 1993, is the principal author of the GNU Privacy Guard and founding member of the FSF-Europe.


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