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Mark Walker69

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:43 pm
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Good day everyone - my first post so please be gentle icon_smile.gif

We have installed IBM Encryption Facility V1R2 onto z/OS 2.1 - with CPACF and ICSF (HCR77A0) and are trying to utilise OpenPGP support.

z/OS to z/OS we have no problems - Enc/dec is successful.

However, we are having issues when decrypting PGP encrypted messages from ASCII based platforms. The decryption itself is successful but it doesn't convert to ascii or account for CRLF - for example:

this is displayed (I have put hex on for clarity - I hope):

ÈÇÑË ÑË / ÈÁËÈ ÃÑ%Á ÃÊ?_ ÏÑ>À?ÏË  ÏÑÈÇ / Ä/ÊÊÑ/ÅÁ ÊÁÈÍÊ>  %/ËÈ %Ñ>Á             
******************************** Bottom of Data ********************************

I can show that the decryption has worked (to a point) as entering source ascii and LF in a ISPF View/Edit session it shows this:

this is a test file from windows
with a carriage return
last line
******************************** Bottom of Data ********************************

I am aware of the -t option for decryption that should treat the incoming message as coming from an ascii platform - however it doesn't appear to work.

Now is this a mis-interpretation on my part or is it something not quite working as expected.

The arguments to decrypt (in batch) are:

-homedir /etc/encryptionfacility/
-o '//DD:DDEF'
-debug 2
-debug-level 1
-t ISO-8859-1

This is the same whether the input is a pgp file or an ASCII armored file (.asc).

I have checked as much as I can in the manuals to no avail and I was wondering if anyone else has experience in this before I call out to IBM tech support.

Thank you in advance and excuse me if the post is put in wrong forum or is inappropriate.
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Mark Walker69

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:16 pm
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Found out what it was in the end.

Although the docs don't really specify it, the -t option will only convert from ascii to ebcdic on the z/OS platform if the source is encrypted with the -t or -textmode option (dependent upon utility used to encrypt.

This will put a flag on the header of the message to say that it can be decrypted using the -t (-textmode) and will convert as required.

Anyway - problem solved
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:23 pm
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thank You for letting us know that the problem is solved
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:27 pm
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...and in the future, please use Code tags and use copy/paste instead of attachments.
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