S/MIME and OpenPGP Decryption and Signature Verification

Forensic Email Intelligence (FEI) supports S/MIME and OpenPGP decryption and signature verification for MIME messages and S/MIME decryption and signature verification for MAPI messages. You can add the necessary certificates for decryption through FEI's Certificate Settings page as follows:

Certificate Path: This is the full path to the S/MIME certificate or OpenPGP key file. The path should remain valid while you use FEI. In other words, do not delete or move the referenced certificate or key file after ingestion is complete.

Password: Certificate password if needed.


You can add S/MIME certificates in PKCS #12 (.pfx or .p12) or DER format (.cer). It is important that the file extension strictly match the intended format.


When importing OpenPGP public or secret keys, please use the ".public" or ".secret" file extension to indicate the type of key. For example, "OpenPGP_key.secret" would be interpreted as a secret key.

OpenPGP secret keys start with the string "-----BEGIN PGP PRIVATE KEY BLOCK-----" while public keys start with the string "-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----".

Signature Results

You can review the signature results in the Signature Results view in FEI Viewer as in the following example:

Signature verification and decryption results are also included in FEI's Insights, and signature certificate timestamps are taken into account in FEI's Timestamps View, timeline exports, Insights, and scoring.

Finally, you can filter messages by their encryption and signature verification status using the Markers column in the Evidence Grid.

Exporting Encrypted Items

The Decrypt Encrypted Items option in FEI's export dialog controls whether encrypted items should be exported in their original form or in decrypted form.

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