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    SamBeckett NNTP User

    Post Full Disk Encryption Options for OpenSUSE

    Hello, SUSEologists! I was wondering if anyone could tell me the options I have for full disk encryption. I'm going to be installing OpenSUSE on a laptop that will contain information (banking, etc) that needs to be kept secure.

    AES or Serpent is fine, as long as it's full disk. I did some Google searches on this but I couldn't find much. Some good encryption programs, like TrueCrypt, are great but they don't have FDE for Linux.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Full Disk Encryption Options for OpenSUSE

    SamBeckett wrote:
    > Hello, SUSEologists! I was wondering if anyone could tell me the options
    > I have for full disk encryption. I'm going to be installing OpenSUSE on
    > a laptop that will contain information (banking, etc) that needs to be
    > kept secure.
    >
    > AES or Serpent is fine, as long as it's full disk. I did some Google
    > searches on this but I couldn't find much. Some good encryption
    > programs, like TrueCrypt, are great but they don't have FDE for Linux.


    When you are making the filesytem in YaST... you can choose to
    have it encrypted. When booting, you'll be prompted for the password
    which has to be entered in order for it to be mounted.

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    Default Re: Full Disk Encryption Options for OpenSUSE

    With Yast, you can't encrypt root, only home...

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    Default Re: Full Disk Encryption Options for OpenSUSE

    not all that straight forward, but do-able. i only use truecrypt and make encrypted files which contain sensitive info. you could always create encrypted files within encrypted files... hehe

    Encrypted Root File System - openSUSE

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    Default Re: Full Disk Encryption Options for OpenSUSE

    Don't try Winmagic's Securedoc. It's a great Windows encrypter, and says it has Linux support, but we've tried it on a dual boot and it just freezes up the openSUSE half, rendering your HDD half a doorstop.

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    Default Re: Full Disk Encryption Options for OpenSUSE

    I've used the following method for OpenSUSE 10.3:

    Encrypted Root File System - openSUSE

    In fact, I'm using a system that has all partitions encrypted including root and swap right now. It works well, but I have to type in partition encryption passwords three times on boot.

    I'm going to be upgrading to OpenSUSE 11.x on this system sometime soon and wish that they could incorporate an easier solution in the installer.

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