[SATLUG] Re: USB device encryption

John Ziriax ziriax at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 20:07:50 CST 2008


On Jan 8, 2008 7:12 PM, John Pappas <j at jvpappas.net> wrote:
> On Jan 8, 2008 5:54 PM, Brinkley Harrell <jbharrell at fusemeister.com> wrote:
>
> > John Ziriax wrote:
> > > The worry is the loss of an unencrypted drive. The problem is to be
> > > able to read the drive in any computer you choose.
> >
> > TrueCrypt in the "traveller" installation mode (software + encrypted
> > file on device) does not require admin mode to install anything. You run
> > the software and mount the volume.
>
>
> It seems that their documentation is out of date, it is specifically states
> that admin rights are needed.  Having not tested myself, I had to trust
> their info.
>
>
> > On Windows with device automatic interaction enabled, TrueCrypt will use
> > the autorun.inf file to invoke
> > the TrueCrypt application for you. I use it this way with any Windows
> > computer.
> >
>
> Even a guest account, or a kyosk-style locked down library machine?
>
>
> > On my Linux system, I have the TrueCrypt binary installed. It will read
> > and process the exact same file on the USB device.
> >
>
> Agreed, but don't you need the kernel module?
>
> In fact, I have a fully encrypted USB drive as a device that I use the
> > Traveler software to mount. In other words, I can use the second USB
> > drive to mount the device.
>
>
> Interesting.  I personally would not like the requirement to carry 2 sticks,
> but in a high-security environ, I could see the value of splittable
> dependencies.
>
>
> > TrueCrypt is cool -- coming soon to a Mac near you -- and that will give
> > you full spectrum computer device management.
> >
>
> I agree that a true multi-platform encryption system is a win.  Not sure
> what you are saying with "Full Spectrum Computer Device Management" but it
> is a cool buzz-phrase anyway!
> --

Alright! Sounds like it is time to adjourn to the lab and see what
TrueCrypt can and can't do.

I noticed that V5.0 is due out this month with a Mac version.

Sounds like another score for free software.

Thanks to everyone for their input.
John


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