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Using TrueCrypt

December 28th, 2010 4 comments

I had it on my list “to look at” for a long time and finally I found some time to look at this. TrueCrypt gives you the ability to either create an encrypted partition, or to create a file on any partition which contains an encrypted filesystem aka “Container”. So far the theory then.

I was a bit sort-of excited. I had some experience with dm-crypt on Linux and EcryptFS on Ubuntu. … If you check out the documentation on their website, you will see that there is nothing to be excited about. I mean, I expected something fairly complicated to setup and use and so forth, but no – it was just working out of the box. Download the package, execute the install script and run “truecrypt”, what does everything for you. The documentation btw. is excellent.

I am using at the moment the Container feature, it works well. What I like is the only binary “truecrypt” is doing all the heavy lifting. It serves as a wizard and it is also used when mounting a container. Very well done folks, it cannot be better integrated.

I am using it only on Linux, but it should be easily possible to access your encrypted container/partition from other operating systems as well.

PS: I read somewhere that newer version of TrueCrypt should be supporting YubiKey as well…

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My Word Cloud

December 27th, 2010 No comments

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SANS London 2010 – IPv6: The Friend You Never Knew You Had

December 1st, 2010 No comments

I wanted to attend the talk from Johannes Ullrich at SANS 2010 here in London, but due to “Jubilee line woeness” (is that even a word?) I missed the original talk. Long story short, I spent some time with him and he was kind enough to have a chat about IPv6. It was very interesting, as he pointed things out, what you need to be aware when you are actually implementing it.

The slides are available here.

He is also doing the SANS Internet Storm Center StormCast podcast, this is how I got to know him. This podcast is about current information security threats and trends. I can strong recommend this podcast, as it gives you a good headstart into your day working in IT – for me while I am eating breakfast.

To finish up with his words in regards to IPv6: “You need to get to know it now, as when you need it at some point, you will need to implement it in a rush.

I will take away the following actions for myself:

  • Implement IPv6 in my homenetwork for wired and wireless connections.
  • Enjoy accessing Kame via IPv6.
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