cannot decrypt mail...?

Lloyd
2013-10-29
2013-11-02
  • Lloyd
    Lloyd
    2013-10-29

    i am a long time user of enigmail with thunderbird, and i had written myself a manual on how to use everything. luckily, i lost the manual :(

    here's my scenario:

    -i always encrypt all mail, and have my employees do the same
    -an employee of mine recently got a new computer. he made a new key, and sent me his public key
    -i imported his public key
    -i decided to delete my old key, generate a new key, and send him my new public key

    so we should have each other's public keys, and we should be able to encrypt/decrypt to each other. instead:

    -he sent me an encrypted message that i was able to decrypt
    -i sent him an encrypted message, and he was NOT able to decrypt

    where did i screw up?

     
  • Lloyd
    Lloyd
    2013-10-29

    anyone? i could really use some help here...

     
  • Lloyd
    Lloyd
    2013-10-30

    am i supposed to send him my "secret" key? or my public key?

    he encrypts a message, and i can decrypt it.

    however, when i encrypt a message, he can't decrypt it.

    whose key is bad?

     
  • you need his public key. He has everything he needs from you.

     
  • Lloyd
    Lloyd
    2013-11-02

    i knew it... he kept telling me that it was on my end!

    thank you for your help. he sent me his key again and it worked this time.

    thanks!