GPG Encryption Key Creation on ERISOne


GPG keys have a variety of uses including code signing and file encryption. Creating a personal GPG key on the ERISOne Linux Cluster is relatively straightforward


Creating a GPG key for the first time

  • Open an SSH terminal on ERISOne
  • Type "gpg --gen-key" at the command line
    • You will be prompted to enter your name and email and an encryption passphrase, but otherwise can accept the default values offered for the encryption options
    • Record the key passphrase in a secure password manager application
    • Note that it will take several minutes to generate the key and no progress bar is shown
  • Verify that a key has been created by listing available keys using "gpg -k"
  • Immediately copy the GPG key files to a secure backup location outside ERISOne. Any data encrypted with the key cannot be recovered if the keys are lost

See also

Backing up ERISOne Cluster Data with Duply

Go to KB0028053 in the IS Service Desk

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