Decrypting GPG/PGP email messages

Piet van Oostrum piet at
Fri Sep 2 13:15:53 CEST 2005

>>>>> Paul Rubin <> (PR) wrote:

>PR> PGP/GPG have their own base64 encoding called "ascii armor" in PGP
>PR> lingo.  This stuff predates widespread use of MIME and traditionally,
>PR> PGP messages are sent as ascii armored plain text, not attachments.

Most PGP/GPG message I have received recently where Mime encoded in
PGP/MIME (RFC 3156). Thunderbird/Enigmail can use PGP/MIME it says.
Theoretically you can encrypt parts of the message, e.g. only an
attachment, but I wouldn't know if Enigmail can do that.
Piet van Oostrum <piet at>
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