#183 ✓released

do not store ticked recipients from last encryption

Reported by steve | February 24th, 2014 @ 12:16 PM | in 1.10b1 (closed)

This is both a usability and potential low security problem.


  • encrypt a file to 5 recipients
  • encrypt another file
  • those previous 5 recipients are still ticked off

Issues with this:

  • my main complaint about this is, that with large keyrings 500+x entries and the very narrow GPGServices window, even if you scroll through the recipients list, chances are you will not spot that 5 entries which are still ticked off
  • how does the user know if any recipient at all is still ticked?
  • worst case: send out a symmetric encrypted file (which the user thinks is only going to be encrypted with a phassphrase) and still have recipients from last encryption included
  • that would reveal with whom you are communicating, and the party this is revealed maybe should not have that info

Thus I suggest, to start GPGServices with all recipients unticket whenever the GPGServices window is launched.

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • steve

    steve April 30th, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “verified”
    • Assigned user set to “Mento”
    • Milestone set to 1.10b1

    We now have a checkbox to select / deselect all. If any recipient is checked, users will see the standard "-" checkbox indicating that some but not all items are active. Click that "-" to deselect any previous recipients.

    I like this implementation, since if you have a group of let's say 10 people you often encrypt to, removing previous recipients as a default could be a big annoyance.

    Thus I think this is a nice solution. Fixed and since it worked in my tests, verified.

    Thanks Mento!

  • steve

    steve June 18th, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

    • State changed from “verified” to “released”

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