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labbe5

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Aug 2015, 14:39    Post subject:  VeraCrypt
Subject description: system and partitions encryption
 

https://www.idrix.fr/Root/content/category/7/32/60/

From website :
VeraCrypt picks up from where TrueCrypt left and it adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks.
VeraCrypt also solves many vulnerabilities and security issues found in TrueCrypt. It can load TrueCrypt volume and it offers the possibility to convert TrueCrypt containers and non-system partitions to VeraCrypt format.


Beginner's Tutorial here :
https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Beginner%27s%20Tutorial

Online documentation (PDF available) here :
https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/documentation

System requirements :
■Linux 32-bit and 64-bit versions with kernel 2.6 and newer.
The setup process for Linux might not be as easy as for Windows. Advanced Puppy users could shed a light on how to set up VeraCrypt.
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friendofjane


Joined: 29 Nov 2012
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Location: europe

PostPosted: Wed 18 Nov 2015, 03:52    Post subject:
Subject description: Veracrypt 1st tests
 

Hi,

I'm considering to change all my containers from truecrypt (TC) to veracrypt (VC).

Some days ago I installed the veracrypt on my puppy precise 5.7.1 frugal on usb-stick.

Installation is easy. You launch veracrypt-1.16-setup-gui-x86 in a terminal, it installs VC to /usr/bin.

Test it by calling VC in a terminal, it should work.

Then I made a program menu entry in menu->Utilities with MenuEntryMaker.

To see the new program in the menu you have to relaunch the X-Server!
(I didn't know that, I retried to make a menu entry and had finally 3 inserts of VC in my program menu...)

Next I took a TC-container to convert it into a VC-container.

The conversion is very easy: you mount the TC-volume with VC, you have to put a cross in the box "Truecrypt compatibility".

Than you have the choice:
1) change the volume password or
2) change the Header key derivation algorithm.
I choose n° 2 because I wanted to keep my password.

You add some random data by moving the mouse. Click OK and wait. Be patient, it may take some minutes. That's all.

Test: mount the volume with VC without putting a cross in the "Truecrypt" box and it should mount.
Test 2: mount the volume with TC or with VC under TC mode doesn't work any more: now the volume is a VC volume!

Please note that VC-volumes take more time to mount than TC-volumes which mount allmost instantly. With VC it takes 5 to 20 secondes to mount, up to 30 sec if the processor is slow, but you win 10 to 100 times more security with regard to brute force attacks.

The GUI is nearly the same, so the use of VC is easy if you know TC.

I did the same installation on an OpenSuse PC with no problem.
I didn't test the windows version.

Feature wish

I would appreciate a feature existing for windows: the possitbility to encrypt the system partition of an installed windows OS. I did it with TC on a win 7 laptop, it's really comfortable (it took 10 or 12 hours and works fine)

Having this feature for linux, ie encrypt an existing linux system partition with VC would be really nice. It's probably difficult to develop such a feature because there are so many different distributions ?

Personal

In the first time after the strange stop of the TC maintenance without any explanations I was suspicious concerning the TC-fork VC. Now I won confidence. The company IDRIX is in Paris (France), their webserver too, - so there won't be NSA letters to force the company installing backdoors in VC. The cryptography research is worldwide public research, the source code is obtainable.

I hope that security audits will follow.

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slavvo67

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov 2016, 03:21    Post subject:  

With no reasoning behind it, I just don't trust VeraCrypt. I think it's because they all of sudden took TrueCrypt over in the middle of its controversy and all of a sudden, hey we fixed it all and here....

I hope that I'm wrong but something seemed funny about that. Meanwhile, I think the TrueCrypt audit showed no major security flaws. Am I right with this?
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watchdog

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov 2016, 04:23    Post subject:  

I'm still using truecrypt 7.1.a "legacy". It works in all puppies and I don't trust anything more. I don't abandon a working and trusted software. I read that it has passed through all audits with no major flaws.
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bark_bark_bark

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov 2016, 08:59    Post subject:  

I use Veracrypt because Truecrypt is actually pretty insecure (atleast on Windows it is, due to the random number thingy is rather weak).
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mcradventures

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jan 2017, 18:07    Post subject:  

I can't get Truecrypt or Veracrypt working on Slacko or Tahr. I can install them and create containers, but can't mount them. Would be nice to be able to use one or the other, but barring that, would be nice to have some kind of encrypted containers. Running Puppy from a laptop makes me uneasy when there is no (easy?) current way that I'm aware of to encrypt my private files outside of the save file. I hear gpg can be used, but I have no idea how to use it to encrypt whole folders full of hundreds of files easily.
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SFR


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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jan 2017, 19:03    Post subject:  

mcradventures wrote:
I can't get Truecrypt or Veracrypt working on Slacko or Tahr. I can install them and create containers, but can't mount them.

What if you check "Don't use kernel cryptographic services" in Preferences -> System Integration?

Greetings!

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jan 2017, 20:47    Post subject:  

SFR wrote:
mcradventures wrote:
I can't get Truecrypt or Veracrypt working on Slacko or Tahr. I can install them and create containers, but can't mount them.

What if you check "Don't use kernel cryptographic services" in Preferences -> System Integration?

Greetings!


Thank you! That worked and just tried Veracrypt and it made and mounted the container.
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