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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Locking Linux system to work on certain hardware only

Is there a way of locking a Linux system to work with a specific (pre-defined) hardware only? I am developing a commercial product and want to make it a bit harder for someone to clone the whole ...
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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 ...
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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 to prevent Windows Update from suspending BitLocker encrytion?

I was quite shocked today to see that a Windows 10 Pro machine that I recently set up with BitLocker (startup PIN + TPM with full disk encryption) suddenly didn't have BitLocker enabled anymore: And ...
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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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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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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 doesn'...
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Can I use disk encryption and track my device at the same time, in case it's stolen or lost? [duplicate]

I would like to encrypt a single user profile but have been told EFS isn't the solution. I have a laptop that I leave in my bag and use for work and private purposes. I want to secure data in case my ...
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How does full disk encryption cater for overprovisoned disk space in flash devices and can this result in data leakage?

My understanding is that flash based devices such as SSDs are over-provisioned and do not advertise the additional blocks of storage available to the operating system. The over-provisioned blocks of ...
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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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Should I encrypt my entire hard drive, or only a partition?

I have an HP Pavilion notebook which has a 1TB hard drive. I run Windows 10 on it. If instead of fully encrypting the hard drive or encrypting the partition on which Windows is installed, I just ...
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Encrypted disk at risk if laptop stolen while turned on but locked

If I have a laptop with full disk encryption it's turned on, the screen is locked and it gets stolen. How would an attacker get my data? It's not encrypted at the moment because it's turned on but the ...
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Is it nescecary to wipe and reset the MBR when laptop changes owners even if full disk encryption is used?

Where I'm currently working we use full disk encryption and after a laptop transfer owners we use a secure erasure program. This is quite time consuming and I'm wondering is it necessary? For the disk ...
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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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Bruteforce FileVault Encryption?

I've been getting into forensics and penetration testing lately and hoping someone can explain what the below data is and how it might be used to perform a bruteforce (hashcat) attacks against ...
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Can Windows BitLocker encryption be broken by Live Boot?

I have a Windows system and I protected the drive with BitLocker encryption. Can BitLocker encryption be bypassed by live-booting with Linux or any other OS?
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Android disk encryption

When is the data on an Android phone encrypted? I am assuming here that the device is configured to have full disk encryption enabled. Is it only encrypted when the device is powered off and ...
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TrueCrypt vs “native” whole-disk encryption on Linux?

When preparing to encrypt an entire partition, is it better to rely on "native" whole-disk encryption (eg following this tutorial), or an external tool like TrueCrypt? The wikipedia article comparing ...
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Is there a file system allowing read-only access enforced by cryptography

Is there a file system standard (like LUKS) that allows anyone who can plug in the hard drive to read files, but requires a passphrase to modify or write? For example, I can do something similar by ...
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What are the pros and cons of using yubikey with ssd hardware encryption?

I'm considering trying out yubikey and I've recently discovered that the (crucial m500) SSD I recently bought supports hardware encryption. I think it should be possible to use a yubikey to provide ...
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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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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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Breaking full-disk encryption on a computer that's rarely used

I'm writing a story where a security expert has been kidnapped and tasked with gaining access to some files on a stolen computer protected by full-disk encryption, and I'd like some ideas for ways he ...
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Are there risks associated with a strong password reuse for disk encryption?

I understand the risks of password reuse when we share the password with 3rd parties as perfectly discussed under this question: Is password reuse a problem if the password is very strong? However I ...
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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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Is it possible to share BitLocker decryption keys between multiple TPMs?

The TPM specification mentions that some keys are migratable, i.e. transferable to another TPM. Does this mean that it would be possible to share (transfer) a BitLocker decryption key between several ...
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Can a Bitlocker To Go user pin be brute forced?

I have a external hard disk and protected a partition on it with Bitlocker To Go. I printed the recovery code but I lost it. I can't remember the user PIN either. If I could only know the first ...
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What does HP DriveLock do to your password?

While looking at various hard drive encryption methods, I discovered that HP's "DriveLock" is not quite the standard ATA security system. While I did get confirmation from HP that it does indeed use ...
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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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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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Why does LUKS use CBC?

I read that LUKS uses 256-bit AES with CBC by default. CBC, of course, has the disadvantages that if you change something in the plain text, you have to change everything that comes after it. In the ...
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Can you extract the encryption key of a computer with full disk encryption via malware?

I recently discovered the subject of cold boot attacks which are able to extract the encryption key of the ram memory after the computer has shut down. and from what I understand is that law ...
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How secure is a BIOS/UEFI hard drive password? [duplicate]

I'm buying some new machines and am concerned about security of the data should the machine be physically stolen. It's easy to take out the drive, image it, and read what you want. I could use file ...
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Securing my USB flash drive with Truecrypt and FreeOTFE

I want to know if I encrypt my flash with Truecrypt "Encrypt a non-system partition/drive" option and then mount it and then make a container with FreeOTFE on the Truecrypt encrypted drive and then ...
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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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Android FDE - Why is key stored in RAM at all?

As far as I understand, the device's /data partition remains decrypted once an encrypted devices has been unlocked during boot up. Why does Android have to keep encryption keys within RAM if no "live" ...
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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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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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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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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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Where is the Bitlocker key stored without the Trusted-Platform Module (TPM)?

I've seen many Windows clients with Bitlocker installed without the Trusted-Platform Module (TPM) enabled. This requires manual changes in the Group Policy since by default it's not possible to enable ...
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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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Accessing hidden partitons

I have two disks. They're both bootable and run Linux. When I physically mount the disks, I can see scsi devices get added. /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc. However the partitions are not detected. I can't see ...
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Is it safe to suspend my computer if I'm using encrypted hard drive?

I'm using disk encryption to protect my data and sensitive information - but only one partition. I used to suspend my computer instead of shutting it down because of very fast resume and very low ...
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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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How secure are most FDE implementations?

I'm applying disk encryption to my local machine and I'm storing the key on a usb drive. This means I need the usb drive to be able to boot. This got me wondering, I've heard about different osses ...
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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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Remedy for not having filled the disk with random data?

Filling a large HDD with /dev/urandom prior to encryption can be extremely slow (even with netcat, multiple instances in parallel, etc) and for this reason I'm sure a lot of users skip this advice ...
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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 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 ...