GnuPG 1.4.16 Released


Version 1.4.16 of the GNU Privacy Guard is out; it contains a fix for the recently disclosed acoustic cryptoanalysis attack. “A possible scenario is that the attacker places a sensor (for example a standard smartphone) in the vicinity of the targeted machine. That machine is assumed to do unattended RSA decryption of received mails, for example by using a mail client which speeds up browsing by opportunistically decrypting mails expected to be read soon. While listening to the acoustic emanations of the targeted machine, the smartphone will send new encrypted messages to that machine and re-construct the private key bit by bit. A 4096 bit RSA key used on a laptop can be revealed within an hour.” Note that GnuPG 2.x is not vulnerable to this particular attack.

Also worthy of note: the GnuPG developers have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help with GnuPG 2.1 development, update the project’s infrastructure, and more.

Read more at LWN