[CoLoCo] "advanced" encryption?

Ringo Kamens 2600denver at gmail.com
Sat Jul 12 06:01:54 BST 2008

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Brandan E. Lloyd wrote:
> Truecrypt [1] <http://www.truecrypt.org/> also has the ability to perform
> whole drive encryption and use a file as the passphrase to access the
> encrypted partition.  I'm not sure if it can be set up to meet your needs.
> One idea for this might be to use this to secure virtual machines.
> Another feature in the newest release of truecrypt is the feature to create
> a hidden encrypted OS, form the Truecrypt website: "Ability to create and
> run an encrypted hidden operating
> system<http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/hidden-operating-system.php>whose
> existence is impossible to prove (provided that certain guidelines are
> followed).  For more information, see the section Hidden Operating
> System<http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/hidden-operating-system.php>.
> (*Windows Vista/XP/2008/2003*)"
> 1. http://www.truecrypt.org/
> On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 17:18, Andrew <keen101 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> i hope to try it someday. I am particularly interested in using a USB flash
>> drive, as i would rather not have to remember (a good) password, and also
>> having it to be able to stomp on it if necessary. That's good to know about
>> grub asking for a password. But, would there be a way to make a modified
>> grub to search for a file, and if the file is not found, then ask for a
>> password?
>> On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 4:53 PM, Jim Hutchinson <jim at ubuntu-rocks.org>
>> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 3:24 PM, Andrew <keen101 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hey, i just had a quick question about something that interested me. I
>>>> was wondering if there was a way (preferably easy) to encrypt a linux
>>>> partition (either home partition, or the whole default ubuntu install), and
>>>> to set up either grub or something to search a USB drive for a file with the
>>>> password. The idea was to have an encrypted system, and to just put in a usb
>>>> drive on boot, so it would automatically log in, but in a theoretical
>>>> emergency you could destroy the usb drive. (of course you would have a
>>>> backup buried somewhere safe). Not that I'm planning on using this idea
>>>> anytime soon, it just interested me.
>>> Not sure about the flash drive bit, but I know you can use the alternate
>>> cd, I think, and install Ubuntu on an encrypted partition - at least this
>>> existed in one of the more recent releases so I would suspect it's still in
>>> Hardy. As I recall, grub was not encrypted but shortly after beginning the
>>> boot sequence it asked for a password. I tried it once but didn't really see
>>> a personal need for it. In retrospect, I should probably do this on my
>>> laptop as that is what is most likely to be lost or stolen.
>>> If you are interested in trying, I believe you had to use on of the
>>> alternative install methods under the F4 menu - iirc. Maybe someone else can
>>> confirm or correct.
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Yeah truecrypt is really good, I would suggest that.
Comrade Ringo Kamens
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