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How to extract your private ssh key from gpg-agent

How to extract a SSH private key from gpg-agent

Problem: Lost private key file ~/.ssh/id_rsa, but could connect to remote hosts via pubkey auth anyway: gpg-agent cached the private key. How to get the private key?

Solution: Use gpg-protect-tool to get the key (you need to know the passphrase of course):

gpgsm --call-protect-tool --p12-export ~/.gnupg/private-keys-v1.d/your-keyfile.key >key.p12

Now you have a PKCS12 file and you can extract the private key like this:

openssl pkcs12 -in key.p12 -out privkey.pem

And there is your extracted private key.

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rafasc commented Mar 22, 2018

is there an updated method to do this? --p12-export is no longer supported.

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