using WIPE successfuly on EXT3

Lee Braiden lee_b at
Fri Oct 21 11:48:43 UTC 2005

On Friday 21 October 2005 12:01, R.L.Reingard wrote:
> hi,
> i do use wipe (file erasing), which only does run on EXT2 file system.
> now i got to hear that one can mount an EXT3 as EXT2, as EXT2 is the
> surface layer of EXT3 anyway.
> does this mean if ext3 is mounted as ext2 i could use wipe successfuly?
> who knows about?
> would be fine to understand this.

I've heard conflicting talk about using wipe on a journalled filesystem.

I don't think it would help much to remount ext3 as ext2, since the journal 
would still be on the disk.

I'd suggest using a cryptographic filesystem and encrypted swap though, if 
you're worried about security.  Wiping the file won't help much if the data 
was just copied to your swap space anyway ;)

Lee Braiden

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