Disk encryption is a special case of data at rest protection when the storage media is a sector-addressable device (e.g., a hard disk).

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Detect changes in /boot when using full disk encryption

When running a fully encrypted linux system using dm-crypt, the /boot partition has to be unencrypted to boot, as far as I know. I've setup a server that can be unlocked remotely by connecting to a ...
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How does disk encryption mounting work with large disk and low RAM?

For example with Truecrypt or bitlocker, when my hard disk contains 500 GB encrypted data and 256 MB Free RAM, how is the data decrypted/disk mounted when I turn on my computer? If the entire disk is ...
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Is using decrypt_derived more secure than a keyfile?

Say I have two partitions on a Linux system, a root partition (/) and a /home partition. Both of them are encrypted with LUKS. The /home partition needs only to be decrypted if / is unlocked and ...
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Reasonable (BruteForce) Attempts/Second Estimate?

I've read various articles on password strength and passwords vs pass phrases (including the one from XKCD and its thread here), but most of those articles seem to be focused on online passwords, and ...
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Multi-boot with full hard drive encryption and pre-boot authentication

How would I set up a multiboot system which supports full hard drive encryption and pre-boot authentication. I have a system with Ubuntu, Windows 7, Windows XP, and I would like to install Red Hat. ...
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Full disk encryption and multi-factor authentication

All serious full disk encryption schemes I have looked into use a static password for authentication. For example, TrueCrypt supports two-factor authentication with keyfiles, but not for system ...
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Physical computer security, how to disable USB ports when the computer is 'locked'?

Lets say my PC & server is in an environment where a theoretical attacker has physical access to the machine while I'm not there. Now the data is encrypted on the hard drive with TrueCrypt. ...
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In TrueCrypt Hidden / Normal overriding?

If I have a normal TrueCrypt volume, and I want to create a Hidden volume inside of it, how do I stop the 2 from overriding each other? Or do I just have to manually make sure the inner volume does ...
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Erasing a hard-disk, encrypting it as alternative?

I was pondering about this, sometimes people ask me to erase data on their drive. So I use a shredding program, which takes a long time. However what if instead of shredding all the files, I'd just ...
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TrueCrypt -vs- MacOS encrypted sparse image - equally secure? Other alternatives?

I'm currently trying to find my personal best solution for storing passwords and other sensible data. Recently I've used 1Password on iPhone and Mac but I'm not really satisfied with its predefined ...
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Securing data on laptop's hdd

I was wondering which is the best way to secure/encrypt data in the hard disk on a laptop that runs Ubuntu Oneiric? Setting LVM encryption? I am mostly concerned about having my laptop lost or what ...
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Device versus file based encryption in TrueCrypt for a flash drive?

Are there security tradeoffs to be considered in deciding between encrypting an entire flashdrive with TrueCrypt versus storing a file encrypted container? The security goal is to be immune to the ...
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How expensive is it to guess a 15 character password, and should I be worried?

I'm currently using AES encryption (at home) on GNU/Linux (one of LUKS AES-256 variants with xts) and on Windows 7 (Truecrypt) with a 15 characters password (alphanumeric lowercase only plus _). ...
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Advice on buying an encrypted disk

How do I find an encrypted disk to buy? What factors should I be aware of in selecting one? Is there any proof that buying one likely to draw any attention? How do I know there's not a backdoor? ...
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How do you guarantee that you don't lose a keyfile?

I am toying with the idea of adding keyfiles to various things that I encrypt. However what's been keeping me from adopting them is guaranteeing that I don't lose the keyfile while still keeping ...
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Are backups of truecrypt volumes with different pass phrases a security risk?

Lets say that I periodically change the pass-phrase on a truecrypt volume. The volume is regularly backed up, so my backup system has many copies of that volume, many of which have a different volume ...
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What cryptographic module does Sql Server 2008 use to run in Fips 140-2 compliant mode by default?

One can configure Sql Server 2008 to run in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode, in the same manner as running Bitlocker in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode. Which is to activate FIPS 140-2 compliant mode in the ...
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What does “if the Crypto Officer performs this operation” mean in this BitLocker security policy?

In the document Windows Server 2008 R2 BitLockerâ„¢ Drive Encryption Security Policy For FIPS 140-2 Validation, in the section 6.1.2 FIPS 140-2 Security Rules bullet point 2 it says: BitLockerâ„¢ will ...
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Is BitLocker on a virtual machine still FIPS 140-2 compliant?

BitLocker can be used as a cryptographic module to fulfill FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliance. In a common setup, USB thumb drives can be used to unlock drives encrypted by BitLocker on startup. ...
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Are there actually any advantages to Android full-disk encryption?

So, since Android 3, devices can perform boot-time, on-the-fly encryption/decryption of the application storage area (NOT the SDcard/removable storage) - essentially full-disk encryption. This ...
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Why do some LUKS tutorials mention overwriting the partition with random data?

On a lot of tutorials on luks encryption, people say to override the partition with random data, so that data is not recoverable after encryption. I don't understand that. Will the random data be ...
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Is it possible to auto mount entire truecrypt drive

Truecrypt can easily automount if your drive is not entirely encrypted and your data is a standard file. However I have my entire removable storage encrypted and so to the OS, it is seen as an ...
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Encrypting an email server's local drives or filesystems

Planning to deploy a remote hosted mailer (Zimbra based) I need to make sure the local data on the machine is encrypted. Currently, the plan is to use the built in LUKS to encrypt /opt/zimbra and ...
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loop-aes or dm-crypt for linux hard encryption?

loop-aes and dm-crypt are both used by partman-crypto for linux hard encryption, but dm-crypt needs no patch to kernel and is more supported. dm-crypt keeps it's key on first hard block, is it a ...
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Is it possible to infer that a hidden truecrypt partition is likely to be present

Truecrypt contains a feature that let's you create a hidden volume. It's said that it can't be proven if a hidden volume exists. However, is it possible to infer from the state of the data on the ...
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What does Amazon's S3 Server-side encryption protect against?

Amazon's S3 storage service offers server-side encryption of objects, automatically managed for the user (Amazon's Documentation). It's easy to enable so I'm thinking "why not?", but what kind of ...
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How to make a certificate encrypted flash drive?

I was wondering if it possible to encrypt a flash drive (or any other external medium) using certificates instead of a password. The idea is to have a number of encrypted pendrives that can be used on ...
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Have anyone tried to extract the encryption key from a SSD?

After reading this forum thread it does not sound like encrypted SSDs provide much protection at all - specifically encryption only occurs between the controller chipset and the NAND storage. Why is ...
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How secure is NTFS encryption?

How secure is the data in a encrypted NTFS folder on Windows (XP, 7)? (The encryption option under file|folder -> properties -> advanced -> encrypt.) If the user uses a decent password, can this ...
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How to encrypt an entire portable HDD, so that it cannot be read/written without the password for it?

I use a portable USB drive (Seagate FreeAgent Go Flex) to keep all my personal stuff, and though the HDD company does offer a password scheme to control access to it, that would work only on windows, ...
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Is there any way to write-protect a USB or hide its contents from deletion without hardware modifications?

Data on external storage devices are not secure, I understand that. Despite hardware modifications they can still be hacked etc. However files can be hidden (steganography) or encrypted. I'm ...
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NFS and encrypted File systems

Can a NFS mounted file system be used for encrypted /home, and can the encrypted Home Directories be mounted/decrypted for the user when they login?
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SSD (Flash Memory) security when data is encrypted in place

I'm surveying current techniques on flash memory security. I've learned that the non-in-place update of flash memories prevent us from adapting the same encryption techniques that we used on hard ...
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Is there any asymmetrically encrypted file system?

Is there a file system providing a directory where everybody can write, but only the directory owner can read the files? In theory it could be done by encrypting using the public key while writing, ...
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Do Flash memory (SSD) architecture impacts encryption techniques?

I'm working on encryption techniques on SSD's and my question is: does the erase before write architecture of SSD's has anything to do with the encryption technique? What are the problems I might ...
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Truecrypt hidden partition deleted original drive data

Help! I created a hidden partition within a harddrive encrypted using truecrypt, and instead of creating a second partition, it seems to have deleted all of my data instead. what did i do wrong? I ...
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For LUKS: The most preferable and safest cipher?

I'm about to encrypt two of my hard drives using LUKS, since I can't really do it myself I use the guide on the Arch Linux wiki (which can be found here). In an example in the guide the cipher ...
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Can my /boot be compromised if I Suspend my notebook?

So if I use e.g.: LUKS, and I always suspend my notebook, then are there any methods to modify the unencrypted /boot? It contains the kernel! Or if someone tries (evil maid) to modify the /boot then ...
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Using TPM for full disc encryption?

E.g.: Can I make a better full disc encryption with e.g.: LUKS using the TPM? How?
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Are there any hardware encryption solutions for my notebook?

I have a HP 6510b notebook. Are there any solutions for hardware encryption? I mean I don't want to use software encryption like LUKS, but I don't want that that if my notebook gets stolen the ...
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Could an Encrypted VG/Image compromised?

I mean if I encrypt my ""full system"" so that everything (besides the /boot) is in an encrypted VolumeGroup (Linux). So I store my /boot on a flash drive, thats always next to me. Q: can the ...
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Are passwords in memory?

I have an encrypted HDD (dm_crypt). That's why I store my passwords in a simple text file. I usually copy/paste the passwords from it. Ok! Q: If I open this text file then it goes into the memory. So ...
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What are the good use cases for disk encryption?

I've been researching disk/file system encryption, and on the surface it seems like a good idea for a lot of things. But as I dig further, the security it offers seems more mirage like than real. ...
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How to protect data on a thumb drive

So I had a scare this past week (couldn't find my thumb drive) and figured I'd better put in some protection on my thumb drive. What is the best way to encrypt the data on the thumb drive? I am a ...
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What FDE (with hardware encrypted drives) for OS X works?

I'm trying to get all of our laptops doing FDE (as I'm sure lots of you are), and I've run into a problematic spot. Our Windows and Linux laptops are Dells, and they have some good BIOS integration ...
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How effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 device-at-rest encryption?

My primary goal is to protect Activesync-based communication from being copied or stolen from an offline device. In that context how effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 encryption?
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Encrypting a disk that has stuff on it?

Ok, so a pretty big disk ~1-2TB (90% full, multiple partitions + 2 operating systems on it), needs to be encrypted and zeroed-out, and it's a bit too much data for backing it all up before encryption. ...