Questions tagged [disk-encryption]

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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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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Prevention measures against laptop seizure at US borders

Since laptop and other electronic device seizures at US borders became legal without a warrant (including making copies of data), 7% of ACTE's business travelers reported being subject to a seizure as ...
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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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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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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 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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Right way to use the TPM for full disk encryption

I'm currently setting up a BitLocker equivalent using a TPM and LUKS. I've got the basics right and I'm able to measure the boot process and seal the FDE key using the TPM. Every time the sensitive ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How secure is FileVault 2 while the computer is in sleep mode?

How secure is Apples disk encryption FileVault 2 when someone has physical or network access while the computer in sleep mode or is running a screen saver? Are there ways to circumvent FileVault 2 ...
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Are encryption keys wiped from RAM before hibernate, or how to do it (Luks and Truecrypt)

Using Linux, I have system and swap/hibernation partitions encrypted with LUKS, and data partitions encrypted with Truecrypt, and I am wondering when I put my laptop to hibernation if the encryption ...
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TrueCrypt vs BitLocker

I would like to ask which one of these TrueCrypt or BitLocker is safer to implement and encrypt the data in a small business environment (Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Server 2012r) I read about ...
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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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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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How can a user defeat anti-live forensics software?

Let's say I have a computer with full disk encryption which is logged and running, but I suspect it has anti-forensics software (eg. usbkill), which means that I risk compromising the integrity of the ...
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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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Is there any way to crack a Bitlocker drive?

We have disk drive that encrypt with BitLocker. My key is lost, and we haven't any backup of the data. Is there any way to hack or crack and recover our data?
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Using FileVault on a Mac with existing data

I have recently got a Mac which I have started using already without any encryption while looking for the best solution. I have come to the conclusion that using Mac's own file encryption technology ...
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Decrypting FDE in Disaster Recovery

I saw a hot network question on SE, about Workplace Ethics - Do I give my password at work to my old boss after quitting?. My initial response (as are the answers in that question) is always NO. The ...
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At what point is a Bitlocker drive unlocked and how does additional pre boot pin add to security?

If I enable Bitlocker on a regular Windows 10 machine, how does the unlocking process work? I presume I put in my Windows password and at that point it starts the unlock process. Why is there an ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 there any reasonable TrueCrypt forks?

Unfortunately, TrueCrypt may have been discontinued yesterday. I use LUKS on Linux, but I liked the fact that with TrueCrypt I had a portable solution across Windows, Mac, & Linux. TrueCrypt ...
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Is full disk encryption on a server in a secure data center pointless?

I am having a debate with several people regarding how much protection full disk encryption provides. dm-crypt is being used to encrypt data which is required by my company to be encrypted at rest. ...
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Is it possible to tell if hard drive is encrypted?

Is it possible to tell if a hard drive is encrypted, regardless of what software was used, i.e., Truecrypt / VeraCrypt / Bitlocker for AES-256? Just the other day, I thought it could be possible to ...
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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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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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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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Unlock hard drive vs full-disk encryption

When I turn my notebook on, it asks me for the password to unlock the BIOS and than it asks me for the password to unlock the hard drive. How different is this 'password to unlock the hard drive' ...
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Breaching security of a notebook with full disc encryption when screen is locked

I am using full disc encryption on my portable computer (running Ubuntu). The setup requires me to enter a password during the boot sequence to access fully encrypted hard drive. There is no ...
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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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Completely encrypting virtual machine (for free) [closed]

I know in VMware workstation there's the option to encrypt a virtual machine. Is there a free way to do this without VMware workstation? I'm aiming for the fullest encryption and encapsulation ...
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Are there other ways to encrypt files other then TrueCrypt and BitLocker [closed]

I don't trust BitLocker. Probably backdoored and relies on TPM which can be hacked according to DEFON. It also does not allow for hidden partitions or other advantages like TrueCrypt. With TrueCrypt ...
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Methods of cold boot attacks in the wild

As far as I know, there are two methods for performing cold boot attacks: Reboot the system into an alternate operating system or BIOS with a minimal memory footprint which automatically exports ...
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Full disk encryption vs home folder encryption - why should the former be chosen over the latter

Niebezpiecznik.pl, a popular and acclaimed infosec blog in my country, recommends full disk encryption (emphasis original) to all people (ie. "Average Joes"). They warn that in the opposite scenario ...
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SSD Encryption - Difference between models

I understand that most SSDs which support encryption usually encrypt all data, but that only some actually encrypt the encryption key with a user BIOS password. This means that the models which don't ...
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Is there readily available encryption algorithms for current computers, that is safe from quantum computers?

Is there readily available encryption algorithms for current computers, that is safe from quantum computers? I know a bunch of currently popular encryption algorithms that are safe from current ...
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How do SED drives generate the DEK?

Some newer hard drives and solid state drives are SED (Self-Encrypting Drives), which create a DEK (Data Encryption Key) and store it either unencrypted, or encrypted with a user-supplied AK (...
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO. Best way to protect personal data against thiefs

I'm wondering what is the best way to protect my personal data stored on Samsung SSD 850 EVO in Linux? I did some research and found this. To set an ATA password, simply access the BIOS, navigate ...
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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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What is the use of TPM-based Bitlocker if the drive gets decrypted automatically?

I am using Bitlocker which uses a TPM to unlock the drive. My question is, although TPM provides security against tampering, how is it useful in defending against attacks that involve physical access? ...
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Method for securely removing files from a solid state drive

I've thought of a method for securely erasing single files on a solid state drive. This method will work only if the drive is encrypted, and it will work even if someone cracks the encryption key for ...
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Plausible deniability with VeraCrypt standard volumes: what information do they give away?

I know VeraCrypt hidden volumes can be used for plausible deniability, but what about standard volumes? Indeed, properly encrypted data should be indistinguishable from random data. This way, if a ...