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PGP'd HTML email fault in Outlook XP (fine in 2000)

Posted on 2002-06-25
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I have a website which sells stuff.  Every once in a while it will email me an order encrypted using PGP.  I use Outlook as my email client and have the PGP plug-in installed so that the orders are automatically decrypted in the preview pane.  Or at least they used to be...

I recently "upgraded" to Outlook XP and since then the orders no longer decrypt in the preview pane.  I just get the PGP code.  As far as I can tell, the problem is to do with the Content-Type of the email, which is set to "text/html" because the orders are formatted as HTML.

What Outlook seems to be doing is displaying the email body as HTML before using PGP to decrypt it.  I tested this by changing the content-type to text/plain and it decrypted fine (although of course, it didn’t render the html).

What I need is a way to get outlook to decrypt the pgp code and then render the output as HTML.

Does anyone know how to get round this one?

Cheers,

Justin
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by:Triskelion
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I don't think there is a way around this.
The pgp decrypter just pastes the text as it decrypts it.

This is the same as it not showing encrypted pictures or executing encrypted executable files.

To get the effect you want, the actual HTML source would need to be encrypted, then decrypted, then reloaded.

If you store the email as a .msg file, then encrypt it and send it, I'm pretty sure it will work.
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Hi Triskelion,

I don't see why Outlook XP can't handle it in the same way as 2000, where it worked fine.

>To get the effect you want, the actual HTML source would need to be encrypted, then decrypted, then reloaded.

Yes, that's how it works.  The order, in HTML, is encrypted and then emailed automatically by the web site.  When I get it I just want Outlook XP to do what 2000 did and decrypt the PGP code and then render the resulting HTML in the preview pane.

The problem - as far as I can tell - is that outlook is simply rendering the PGP code without any attempt to decrypt it first.

Justin
 
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Anyone else got any ideas?

Justin
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Hello jtp101

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