GnuPG 2.2.6 released

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GnuPG 2.2.6 released

Werner Koch
Hello!

We are is pleased to announce the availability of a new GnuPG release:
version 2.2.6.  This is a maintenance release; see below for a list of
fixed bugs.


About GnuPG
===========

The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) is a complete and free implementation
of the OpenPGP standard which is commonly abbreviated as PGP.

GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign data and communication, features a
versatile key management system as well as access modules for public key
directories.  GnuPG itself is a command line tool with features for easy
integration with other applications.  A wealth of frontend applications
and libraries making use of GnuPG are available.  As an Universal Crypto
Engine GnuPG provides support for S/MIME and Secure Shell in addition to
OpenPGP.

GnuPG is Free Software (meaning that it respects your freedom).  It can
be freely used, modified and distributed under the terms of the GNU
General Public License.


Noteworthy changes in version 2.2.6
===================================

  * gpg,gpgsm: New option --request-origin to pretend requests coming
    from a browser or a remote site.

  * gpg: Fix race condition on trustdb.gpg updates due to too early
    released lock.  [#3839]

  * gpg: Emit FAILURE status lines in almost all cases.  [#3872]

  * gpg: Implement --dry-run for --passwd to make checking a key's
    passphrase straightforward.

  * gpg: Make sure to only accept a certification capable key for key
    signatures.  [#3844]

  * gpg: Better user interaction in --card-edit for the factory-reset
    sub-command.

  * gpg: Improve changing key attributes in --card-edit by adding an
    explicit "key-attr" sub-command.  [#3781]

  * gpg: Print the keygrips in the --card-status.

  * scd: Support KDF DO setup.  [#3823]

  * scd: Fix some issues with PC/SC on Windows.  [#3825]

  * scd: Fix suspend/resume handling in the CCID driver.

  * agent: Evict cached passphrases also via a timer.  [#3829]

  * agent: Use separate passphrase caches depending on the request
    origin.  [#3858]

  * ssh: Support signature flags.  [#3880]

  * dirmngr: Handle failures related to missing IPv6 support
    gracefully.  [#3331]

  * Fix corner cases related to specified home directory with
    drive letter on Windows.  [#3720]

  * Allow the use of UNC directory names as homedir.  [#3818]


Getting the Software
====================

Please follow the instructions found at <https://gnupg.org/download/> or
read on:

GnuPG 2.2.6 may be downloaded from one of the GnuPG mirror sites or
direct from its primary FTP server.  The list of mirrors can be found at
<https://gnupg.org/download/mirrors.html>.  Note that GnuPG is not
available at ftp.gnu.org.

The GnuPG source code compressed using BZIP2 and its OpenPGP signature
are available here:

 https://gnupg.org/ftp/gcrypt/gnupg/gnupg-2.2.6.tar.bz2 (6430k)
 https://gnupg.org/ftp/gcrypt/gnupg/gnupg-2.2.6.tar.bz2.sig

An installer for Windows without any graphical frontend except for a
very minimal Pinentry tool is available here:

 https://gnupg.org/ftp/gcrypt/binary/gnupg-w32-2.2.6_20180409.exe (3819k)
 https://gnupg.org/ftp/gcrypt/binary/gnupg-w32-2.2.6_20180409.exe.sig

The source used to build the Windows installer can be found in the same
directory with a ".tar.xz" suffix.  A new Gpg4win installer featuring
this version of GnuPG will be available soon.


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:

 * If you already have a version of GnuPG installed, you can simply
   verify the supplied signature.  For example to verify the signature
   of the file gnupg-2.2.6.tar.bz2 you would use this command:

     gpg --verify gnupg-2.2.6.tar.bz2.sig gnupg-2.2.6.tar.bz2

   This checks whether the signature file matches the source file.
   You should see a message indicating that the signature is good and
   made by one or more of the release signing keys.  Make sure that
   this is a valid key, either by matching the shown fingerprint
   against a trustworthy list of valid release signing keys or by
   checking that the key has been signed by trustworthy other keys.
   See the end of this mail for information on the signing keys.

 * If you are not able to use an existing version of GnuPG, you have
   to verify the SHA-1 checksum.  On Unix systems the command to do
   this is either "sha1sum" or "shasum".  Assuming you downloaded the
   file gnupg-2.2.6.tar.bz2, you run the command like this:

     sha1sum gnupg-2.2.6.tar.bz2

   and check that the output matches the next line:

295298debcc2c12f02a2f2fdf04aecb6d6aae396  gnupg-2.2.6.tar.bz2
c9fe66788ea40bc57a189aa13e7c83add9baec40  gnupg-w32-2.2.6_20180409.exe
caff25b6576a8a2d63db844bb343c8d5455286d4  gnupg-w32-2.2.6_20180409.tar.xz


Internationalization
====================

This version of GnuPG has support for 26 languages with Chinese, Czech,
French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, and Ukrainian being almost
completely translated.


Documentation and Support
=========================

If you used GnuPG in the past you should read the description of
changes and new features at doc/whats-new-in-2.1.txt or online at

  https://gnupg.org/faq/whats-new-in-2.1.html

The file gnupg.info has the complete reference manual of the system.
Separate man pages are included as well but they miss some of the
details availabale only in thee manual.  The manual is also available
online at

  https://gnupg.org/documentation/manuals/gnupg/

or can be downloaded as PDF at

  https://gnupg.org/documentation/manuals/gnupg.pdf .

The chapters on gpg-agent, gpg and gpgsm include information on how to
set up the whole thing.  You may also want to search the GnuPG mailing
list archives or ask on the gnupg-users mailing list for advise on how
to solve problems.  Most of the new features are around for several
years and thus enough public experience is available.

Please consult the archive of the gnupg-users mailing list before
reporting a bug: <https://gnupg.org/documentation/mailing-lists.html>.
We suggest to send bug reports for a new release to this list in favor
of filing a bug at <https://bugs.gnupg.org>.  If you need commercial
support check out <https://gnupg.org/service.html>.

If you are a developer and you need a certain feature for your project,
please do not hesitate to bring it to the gnupg-devel mailing list for
discussion.


Thanks
======

Maintenance and development of GnuPG is mostly financed by donations.
The GnuPG project currently employs one full-time developer and one
contractor.  Both work exclusively on GnuPG and closely related software
like Libgcrypt, GPGME, and GPA.  We are planning to extend our team
again and to help developers to improve integration of crypto in their
applications.

We have to thank all the people who helped the GnuPG project, be it
testing, coding, translating, suggesting, auditing, administering the
servers, spreading the word, and answering questions on the mailing
lists.

Many thanks to our numerous financial supporters, both corporate and
individuals.  Without you it would not be possible to keep GnuPG in a
good shape and address all the small and larger requests made by our
users.  Thanks.


Happy hacking,

   Your GnuPG hackers



p.s.
This is an announcement only mailing list.  Please send replies only to
the gnupg-users'at'gnupg.org mailing list.

p.p.s
List of Release Signing Keys:

To guarantee that a downloaded GnuPG version has not been tampered by
malicious entities we provide signature files for all tarballs and
binary versions.  The keys are also signed by the long term keys of
their respective owners.  Current releases are signed by one or more
of these four keys:

  rsa2048 2011-01-12 [expires: 2019-12-31]
  Key fingerprint = D869 2123 C406 5DEA 5E0F  3AB5 249B 39D2 4F25 E3B6
  Werner Koch (dist sig)

  rsa2048 2014-10-29 [expires: 2019-12-31]
  Key fingerprint = 46CC 7308 65BB 5C78 EBAB  ADCF 0437 6F3E E085 6959
  David Shaw (GnuPG Release Signing Key) <dshaw 'at' jabberwocky.com>

  rsa2048 2014-10-29 [expires: 2020-10-30]
  Key fingerprint = 031E C253 6E58 0D8E A286  A9F2 2071 B08A 33BD 3F06
  NIIBE Yutaka (GnuPG Release Key) <gniibe 'at' fsij.org>

  rsa3072 2017-03-17 [expires: 2027-03-15]
  Key fingerprint = 5B80 C575 4298 F0CB 55D8  ED6A BCEF 7E29 4B09 2E28
  Andre Heinecke (Release Signing Key)

The keys are available at <https://gnupg.org/signature_key.html> and
in any recently released GnuPG tarball in the file g10/distsigkey.gpg .
Note that this mail has been signed by a different key.

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