#88 ✓verified

remove comment option from settings tab

Reported by steve | December 15th, 2016 @ 10:33 AM | in 2.0.2b2 (closed)

In most cases use of the comment field does more harm than it does good. The comment field should only be used by expert users and those can as well create a comment via CLI.

We need to deal with two cases for existing users:

  1. no comment in use → nothing
  2. comment field in use → show dialog

Action task 1

Remove comment field from GPGPreferences > Settings

Action task 2

When GPGPreferences is first opened in the new version show following dialog:

Title: Important information about the comment field

Message: It appears you are using a comment. That is an expert option and best practices recommend not using the comment field at all since wrong usage may expose information to adversaries. To prevent this from happening, the comment field has been removed. We recommend to remove the comment. Only keep the comment if you really know what you are doing. Comments can be edited via command line in the future.

The comment you are currently using:


Remove comment?

No Yes (yes pre-selected)

2017-01-16 update

Title: Important information about the comment field

Message: We have removed the option to set a comment in GPGPreferences. Best practices recommend to no longer use the comment field since wrong usage may leak information.

You have currently configured the following comment:


Would you like to remove it?

No  Yes (yes pre-selected)

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