The MySQL repository key has suddenly expired again, so I get a GPG error in Ubuntu when running apt-get update

The error is W: GPG error: http://repo.mysql.com/apt/ubuntu xenial InRelease: The following signatures were invalid: KEYEXPIRED 1550412832 KEYEXPIRED 1550412832 KEYEXPIRED 1550412832


TLDR; The one-liner that fixes this is the following:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver ha.pool.sks-keyservers.net 5072E1F5

Which basically fetches the new key and installs it into the keyring.

A bit more detail:

You can find the expired key by executing the following command:

LANG=C apt-key list | grep expired

Which outputs something like this: pub 1024D/5072E1F5 2003-02-03 [expired: 2019-02-17] 5072E1F5 is the key ID, which we used in the command above.

Another one-liner that's recommended in the bug report below is this one:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver pgp.mit.edu 5072E1F5

But I couldn't get it to work.

More reading from when this happened the last time.


  • The apt-key manual explicitly warns that it is easy to break the security of apt by carelessly downloading keys. Identifying keys using just 32 bits of hash usually does qualify as careless. – anx Mar 29 at 17:46
  • What would you recommend then? – Stuggi Apr 7 at 8:51
  • I believe using --refresh-keys instead of --recv-keys is sufficient, since the key is already known. If you wanted to download a new key, you would best specify a full fingerprint (typically SHA1). – anx Apr 7 at 15:34

This issue has been raised to MySQL already Bug#94378.

Workaround which helped me on Ubuntu 16.04, installed latest Ubuntu / Debian (Architecture Independent), DEB Package mysql-apt-config_0.8.12-1_all.deb

You can try this workaround.

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