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NETPGPVERIFY(1)             General Commands Manual            NETPGPVERIFY(1)

NAME
     netpgpverify -- standalone program for digital signature verification

SYNOPSIS
     netpgpverify [-v] [-S ssh-pub-key-file] [-c command] [-k keyring]
                  file ...

DESCRIPTION
     The netpgpverify implements digital signature verification.  It is
     designed to be simple and standalone; no external libraries, except for
     libz and libbz2 are used, in order to ensure maximum portability.

     It is completely rewritten from the version of the program that appeared
     in NetBSD 6.0 as part of the netpgp(1) suite of commands.

     The netpgpverify utility requires a file containing public keys, commonly
     called a ``keyring''.  Digitally-signed information can be fed to
     netpgpverify in two ways: as standard input, or as files provided on the
     command line.  The public key part of the key which was used to sign the
     file must be present, or the signature verification will fail.  Files may
     be signed in two distinct ways: as text documents, and as binary files.
     Text documents modify the contents to add different line-ending
     characters, and behave differently at the final byte of the input
     document.  Binary files are read verbatim, and are not modified in any
     way.

     The -k command line argument allows a keyring to be specified.  The -v
     command line argument prints the version of the netpgpverify command and
     then exits.  Finally, the -c command specified the command which may be
     given.  This can take one of two values: ``verify'' which is also the
     default, which verifies the signature on the data; ``cat'' will also
     verify the signature on the data, and, if successfully verified, will
     display the verified data on stdout.  The -S argument allows an ssh
     public key file to be used as the source of truth for the key.  This ssh-
     key-based signature can be created using the netpgp(1) utility.

     If a detached signature ``.sig'' is given on the command line, the
     signing information will be retrieved from that file, and the original
     data is expected to be found in a file in the same directory with the
     same name with the ``.sig'' suffix removed.

     Both text mode signatures, and binary signatures, can be verified by
     netpgpverify

SIGNING AND VERIFICATION
     Verification of a file's signature is best viewed using the following
     example:

     % netpgpverify -k pubring.gpg NetBSD-6.0_RC1_hashes.asc
     Good signature for NetBSD-6.0_RC1_hashes.asc made Thu Aug 23 11:47:50 2012
     signature     4096/RSA (Encrypt or Sign) 064973ac4c4a706e 2009-06-23
     fingerprint   ddee 2bdb 9c98 a0d1 d4fb dbf7 0649 73ac 4c4a 706e
     uid           NetBSD Security Officer <security-officer@NetBSD.org>
     %

EXIT STATUS
     The netpgpverify utility will return 0 for a successful verification, 1
     if the file's signature does not match what was expected, or 2 if any
     other error occurs.

SEE ALSO
     netpgp(1), zlib(3)

STANDARDS
     The netpgpverify utility is designed to conform to IETF RFC 4880.

HISTORY
     The netpgpverify command first appeared in NetBSD 7.0.

AUTHORS
     Alistair Crooks <agc@NetBSD.org>.

NetBSD 7.1.2                   February 2, 2014                   NetBSD 7.1.2