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Subject:   Mail can sometimes use the keys, and sometimes not
Date:   2004-01-21 12:45:42
From:   eepalmer
I was able to import a few different private/public keys to my ibook (running 10.3.2) and it works like a champ. However, when I imported them to my desktop (also running 10.3.2), it would not recognise them. Mail would not give me the icons for sign or encrypt. Bummer.

What is interesting is how I can get the desktop to recognize the keys. I can mail myself a signed email from my ibook. I receive it on my desk top. Mail tells me, "Unable to verify message signature. If I click details, I get an error, "Unable to verify message signature." Strange.

What comes next is stranger. I click "Show Details," and it tells me about the certificate. Now, using the desktop I can write emails that allow me to sign and encrypt. It works great. However, when I quit the program, it forgets.

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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Mail can sometimes use the keys, and sometimes not
    2004-01-21 13:12:53  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    The fact that Mail doesn't recognize that certificates are ready to be used and is unable to store them in an efficient way may indicate that your Keychain is damaged...

    The first thing to do would be to perform a few maintenance and optimization tasks in order to make sure that no minor disk error or permissions issue could prevent Mac OS X from running normally. In order to do so, follow these steps :

    1. Boot from the Panther Install CD 1

    2. Use the Installer <u>menu</u> in order to open the "Disk Utility"

    3. Click on the "First Aid" tab and repair the hard drive

    4. Restart your computer

    5. Use the "Disk Utility" located in your "Utilities" folder to repair the permissions on the Mac OS X partition

    Then, try to create a new login Keychain, import your passwords and certificates in it and try again.

    Let me know if this helps !