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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Ease of Getting Data On Self-Encrypting Drive From Screen-Locked Windows 7/8 Computer

Hypothetical: a Windows 7 or 8 computer has a self-encrypting hard drive. It is stolen with the power on, but with the Windows lockscreen on. Are there easy off-the-shelf ways to access the data on ...
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How can the Equation Group HDD firmware malware help bypass FDE?

There is currently a lot of discussion going on across the Internet about the "Equation Group" family of malicious hard disk drive firmware. One thing that has me wondering is the claim that ...
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LUKS, how to make strongest possible and reasonable passphrase?

Let us say I have a volume encrypted under LUKS with a 512-bit key. That would mean there are 2 ^ 512 possible values which the key may be. Now I need a passphrase which is at least as resistant to ...
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Unable to log into encrypted root drive after running virtual machine [migrated]

I am unable to log into my encrypted hard drive on the host which is Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop. This all happened after I did the following. Ran VirtualBox Created a VDI drive Installed Kali Linux ...
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Mitigating the LUKS decryption key residing in RAM for FDE

I've come to find Full Disk Encryption to be a rather unsafe method of securing data as standardized tools are becoming available to just read out the encryption key from RAM, where the system needs ...
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Problem enabling drivelock on HP notebook [migrated]

I want to enable HP drivelock for our colleagues. They are using HP 4540s notebooks. We upgraded the default hdd to a new ssd. Then we tried to enable the drivelock password. For most of the users ...
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On my MacBook, is my user password now the Achilles heel of disk encryption?

From a cold boot, the only password needed to unlock the primary encrypted volume on my MacBook's SSD is just that of my main admin user. This was not always the case; it used to be that I could ...
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How to protect against adversaries snatching booted laptops to defeat full disk encryption?

I read an article describing how FBI agents snatched Ross Ulbricht's laptop while it was running to defeat full-disk encryption: Two plainclothes FBI agents, one male and one female, walked up ...
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Free/Libre software to handle TCG OPAL 2.0-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs)?

I'm in search of a free/libre software that is able to handle OPAL (2.0)-compliant SEDs (i.e. manage the setting of Pre-Boot Authentification (PBA) environment, encryption keys...). It could be a ...
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How To Recover EFS Cert From Backup?

I made a backup of the old Win 7 Pro then did a clean install. But I forgot to export my EFS encryption certificate, so when after I restored the encrypted files from backup I could no longer access ...
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Would encryption of RAID6 arrays of SSDs be secure?

Given the uncertainty about data being left in the clear, I've hesitated to use SSDs where I need full-disk encryption. While some SSDs employ hardware encryption, they're quite expensive, and there ...
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Initialization of a LUKS encrypted partition with cipher or /dev/urandom

I've created a few encrypted devices with LUKS and cryptsetup on Linux and am pretty comfortable with disk encryption in this regard. I've seen it mentioned in many different places that when setting ...
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Samsung SSD 840 Evo Disk-Encryption

My question relates to the hardware encryption of samsungs 840 Evo SSD (maybe also other models): The theory: Samsung specifies that their SSD encrypts each data with AES by default. So if I choose a ...
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Is Truecrypt still safe? [duplicate]

I want to fully encrypt a disk on Windows 7, but I don't trust Bitlocker and Truecrypt has announced it is not safe (also many rumours about NSA being able to decrypt it and it's better to avoid it). ...
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Debian encryption is as safe as Truecrypt. Is this correct?

When I try to install latest debian to my pc, the wizard ask me to input a password to do FDE(full disk encryption). My questions are: What algorithm does Debian use? (Truecrypt = AES) Can I change ...
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Where to store passwords of encrypted backup drives

I have all my backup hard drives encrypted with LUKS. Currently, the passphrase is some 25+ random password that I store in my password manager KeePassX. Since I have the backup drives for the case ...
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Read encrypted hard-drive after extraction from running computer

If someone unplugs the hard-drive of my laptop while it's running, what contents would they be able to extract from it? I understand that on login, the image of my hard-drive is mounted, but I'm ...
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LUKS nuke efficiency

I am wondering about LUKS nuke patch efficiency. In fact, I think I don't really understand it. From what I know of LUKS, a passphrase is used to encrypt a random key (the master key), which is used ...
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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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Is there a reason to use TrueCrypt over VeraCrypt?

I am looking to encrypt a few drives of mine, and my ONLY interest is security. It is OK if my VeraCrypt volumes are not compatible with TrueCrypt, and vice versa. There is a lot of talk about ...
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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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Hardware encryption for Flash Drives

Could someone tell me the difference between Hardware encryption and Software encryption? (With regards to flash drives, if it makes any difference). From what I understand, software encryption is ...
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How does this implementation of full disk encryption work?

I have a laptop that has Sophos Safeguard full disk encryption on it. I booted the machine into another operating system on a USB stick and attempted to read the disk from the other OS, and I verified ...
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How do I start securing a virtual appliance to avoid manipulation? [closed]

We have created an amateur software product related with monitoring and management of specific services. It has been made in Python and runs a web service as frontend to show the data in a nice way ...
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TrueCrypt VS LUKS Bruteforce Resilience

I have been researching LUKS vs TrueCrypt topics -- my only concern is security, but most of the discussions I see focus around usability / interoperability . I know TrueCrypt has a bunch of nice ...
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Trust level of whole disk encryption software

For example, if we take this software into account: Symantec Endpoint Encryption Sophos Safeguard Encryption How can we trust suppliers of whole disk encryption software in the lights of the ...
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Moving /boot to USB and Preventing booting from other USB devices (Allow boot from only one USB)

I'm going to move my /boot/ folder to a USB to as a security measure to protect against Full Disk Encryption exploits. My question is, is it possible to only allow boot from USB from a single USB ...
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Another method to erase hard drives securely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use truecrypt to make data unrecoverable The other day I was thinking, and I looked up this question because I was pretty sure a question similar to this had been asked. ...
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Mcafee endpoint encryption doesn't see previously encrypted partition after Windows 7 reinstallation

My partitions C and D were encrypted and Windows 7 was installed on C. I copied all important files to D and then changed harddrive controller from IDE to AHCI, removed C and created it again and then ...
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Secure Boot on Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (or modern PCs)?

Got a Surface Pro 3 today (it's awesome BTW!) and noticed in it's EFI that it's got TPM enabled, "Secure Boot" enabled (unsure what such an umbrella/catch all term actually covers) And then in ...
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Is there an AES 256 LUKS encryption option in Fedora? [closed]

I have certain information on my drive that I don't want anyone (not even me ;) ) to gain access to. I read recently that Fedora only offers EAS 256 LUKS encryption. This just isn't secure enough ...
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Hardware-based full disk encryption without pre-boot authentication [closed]

I am looking for a possibility to sanitize large amounts of data on regular hard-drives and SSDs. Instead of overwriting the data several times (on regular hard-drives, which could take days and ...
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Encrypting tails USB boot disk (preeboot password on live)

To use tails, I have always used a DVD, because of the fact I know it will not be tampered with, at least within reason. However there are endless reasons why a USB boot option would be faster, and in ...
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Why use a Smartcard for (Two Factor) Auth instead of another medium?

I recently installed Bitlocker on my Windows 8.1 machine, using only a password. I was thinking of getting something other than just a password for my storage drive, something physical, like a USB, SD ...
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Old floppy disk protection

can somebody explain in detail how old floppy disks copy protection works? Someone told me that it was based on an error on a trace of the floppy that was read only during the copy (and never when the ...
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Is automatic login with full disk encryption a risk?

I use full disk encryption on Linux and wonder whether there is any security risk ob having automatic login on the Linux itself. In case somebody breaks the encryption of the drive, they can read all ...
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How do I encrypt external drive with Password which is compatible with both Linux and Windows? [closed]

I wanted to encrypt my external drive with password, which is compatible in both Linux and Windows. Truecrypt is an option. But the development of it is stopped few months back. I came across ...
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Encryption while logged in

If I'm using full disk encryption on my home computer, and it's online, are the hard drive contents encrypted when I'm logged in and using the machine (from the perspective of an online attacker - no ...
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Hardware encrypted external HDDs

I'm planning to buy an external HDD with hardware encryption, namingly the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB. On the WD website the information about the encryption is sadly scarce so I'm asking here. How ...
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Why is VeraCrypt more secure than TrueCrypt?

TrueCrypt retired with a mysterious "Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues" (source) Yesterday Slashdot reported VeraCrypt as a better replacement (source) since it ...
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Linux, TRESOR and XTS

I want to switch from using LUKS for full disk encryption to TRESOR. TRESOR tries to prevent cold boot attacks by storing the encryption key in the CPU's registers. It uses the kernel's crypto API for ...
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How secure is Ubuntu's default full-disk encryption?

How secure is the encryption offered by ubuntu (using the disk utility)? What algorithm is used underneath it? If someone could at least provide a link to some documentation or article regarding that ...
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Full disk encryption on CentOS 6x - FIPS 140-2 compliant?

I'm using CentOS 6.5 on an existing server and am researching encryption options for compliance. SEDs are out since the controller in this older machine will not support them. That leaves full ...
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Security implications when setting the discard option in /etc/crypttab

Setting the discard option in /etc/crypttab has security implications. From the man page: Allow discard requests to be passed through the encrypted block device. This improves performance on SSD ...
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How does Android filesystem encryption work?

I'm interested in encrypting my Android devices for security in the (hopefully will-never-happen) event of the phone being recovered by an unknown/unauthorized person. How does Android filesystem ...
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How to decide whether to password protect key files in addition to full disk encryption

It is customary to protect certain critical files with a password. For example: PGP keys, VPN keys, password managers, etc. The practice dates back to before full disk encryption being common. These ...
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Using a TPM with Linux

I have the need for a company laptop (Dell e6540) that contains our java application on it to go out for evaluation purposes. For this reason I would like to make sure that the HDD is protected from ...
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Possible implementations of networked+encrypted filesystem

Is it possible to implement scheme where remote server just share its filesystem (or resizable container file in it) and it's locally encrypted and mounted? And what is best practical method? (On ...
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XTS vs AES-CBC with ESSIV for file-based filesystem encryption

In a blog post I recently read called "You Don't Want XTS," the author explains some of the pitfalls of using XTS to encrypt filesystems. Specifically, he recommends against ever sharing encrypted ...
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Store a file on a harddisk without root having access to it

Is there a way to store a file on a disk as a user so that even the root user has no access to it? I tried EncFS but that is no solution because the root user can switch to every user, so he/she can ...