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PGP Desktop 10.2 - Passphrase Copy & Paste

Created: 29 Jan 2013 • Updated: 30 Jan 2013 | 2 comments
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I am currently testing PGP Desktop to implement it in our company. Everything is working fine, but one issue is really bothering me.

I created a new user with PGP keys. During doing that I was asked to enter a passphrase. I generated one with a password generator containing 50 ASCII signs. After that i copied the passphrase from the generator and wanted to paste it into PGP. It didn't work. So I copied the password into notepad. It was shown the correct password. So I tried to copy and paste the password from notepad. It didn't work either. So I typed the passphrase via keyboard. That did the job.

Am I really forced to enter a 50 type passphrase via keyboard everytime again? Is copy and paste blocked when I want to create or enter or change a passphrase?

Thx in advance for your support.



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Alex_CST's picture

Yes you will be asked to enter the passphrase every time - i think using 50 random ASCII characters is overkill, that would take about 500 trillion years to brute force.  Try using a sentence that only you would know with spaces etc, it would still take 500 trillion years but at least you'd be able to type it in.

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Nightflight's picture

Thank you for your answer.