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How to import suse_key for signed PTF packages

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 15


While fixing OS issues, it might be needed to install a PTF (= Problem Temporary Fix) into a production system.

The packages SUSE provides are signed against a special PTF key.

This key is not imported by default on SLES 12 and SLES 15 systems, even though it is provided by the suse-build-key RPM package that is being installed automatically.

Error seen while installing a PTF patch using zypper:
Looking for gpg key ID B37B98A9 in cache /var/cache/zypp/pubkeys.
Repository Plain RPM files cache does not define additional 'gpgkey=' URLs.
<name of ptf file> (Plain RPM files cache): Signature verification failed [4-Signatures public key is not available]
Abort, retry, ignore? [a/r/i] (a): 



In order to be able to install a PTF on SLES, this GPG key needs to be manually imported first. 

This can be achieved by issuing the following command:
rpm --import /usr/share/doc/packages/suse-build-key/suse_ptf_key.asc

In March 2022, SUSE exchanged the key to meet new security requirements. For those who had previously imported the GPG key, please update the suse-build-key package to its newest version and then import the new GPG key with "rpm --import /usr/share/doc/packages/suse-build-key/suse_ptf_key.asc"

The new GPG key's ID is 6F5DA62B:
pub   rsa2048/0x46DFA05C6F5DA62B 2022-02-25 [SC] [expires: 2026-02-24]
      Key fingerprint = 1604 494D 38DA 2FA7 AA26  97AE 46DF A05C 6F5D A62B
uid                   [ unknown] SUSE PTF Signing Key <>

For AutoYaST-driven installations, this behavior causes a problem as the PTF key signature is no longer contained in the initrd and needs to be loaded in addition. The following pre-install part for AutoYaST will show how to import the PTF key from a HTTP-source:
    <pre-scripts config:type="list">
/usr/bin/rpm --import http://FQDN/path/suse_ptf_key.asc

Additional Information

Please also visit TID 000018572 for "Best practices for applying Program Temporary Fixes (PTFs)".

NOTE on PTFs released before April 2022:

If a PTF from before April 2022 has to be installed, the old PTF signing key must be imported as well:

rpm --import /usr/share/doc/packages/suse-build-key/suse_ptf_key_old.asc


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  • Document ID:7016511
  • Creation Date: 20-May-2015
  • Modified Date:25-Apr-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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