From one day to another my Enigmail Thunderbird Plug-In stopped working and I can no longer decrypt messages send to me encrypted with my public key. Even if I wrote these messages myself.
Every time I try to decrypt a message the following error shows up:
Fehler - Entschlüsselung fehlgeschlagen Öffentlicher Schlüssel MYKEYCODE zur Überprüfung der Unterschrift benötigt gpg: EntschlÃ¼sselung fehlgeschlagen: Geheimer SchlÃ¼ssel ist nicht vorhanden Hinweis: Die Nachricht wurde mit folgenden Benutzer-IDs / Schlüsseln verschlüsselt: 0xMYKEYCODE (Robert Lastname <email@example.com>)
I use a German Thunderbird, so here is my translation:
Error - Decryption failed Public Key MYKEYCODE needed to verify signature gpg: Decryption failed: Secret (private) key not found Hint: Message was encrypted with the following User-Ids/Keys: 0xMYKEYCODE (Robert Lastname <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
How can the private key be missing? I personally encrypted the message before sending it to myself. I have been trying now for hours to solve this. I have reinstalled Enigmail a couple of times. I also reinstalled GnuPG a couple of times. I deleted all my keys and reimported them. What drives me especially crazy is, that I have another Laptop using Enigmail with the very same public-private key pair and there everything works just fine.
What makes me suspicious is that 0xMYKEYCODE from the error message is different from the code of my public-private key pair in my key manager, how can this be?
Thanks a lot in advance and cheers, Robert
EDIT: Maybe this helps: I can not sign messages on the computer that cannot decrypt, but I can sign on my other machine. So, apparently Enigmail cannot use my private key, why?
EDIT2: If I try to sign a message, it refuses with the failure "Error - wrong passphrase". That got me thinking, after re-importing all my keys, I was never ever asked to provide the passphrase that secures my public-private key pair anywhere!?
EDIT3: If I evoke
echo RELOADAGENT | gpg-connect-agent
on the laptot where encryption works, it tells me that
gpg-connect-agent is not installed??? Could it be that on the laptop where it works the keys are actually managed by the gnome key ring (despite Enigmail telling me that they are managed by gpg-agent)?
However, on the laptop where the decryption no longer works, I can evoke
echo RELOADAGENT | gpg-connect-agent. Thus gpg is taking care and maybe makes a mess in combination with the gnome key ring?