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    Exclamation TRUECRYPT - FULL SYSTEM ENCRYPTION

    Well guys, after I have successfully used the newest version of TrueCrypt on a bunch of other topics I now want to accomplish full system encryption (with Pre-Boot Authentication) on OpenSuse 11.1.
    Hint: It seems to be the case that full system encryption is not supported (yet?). Anyone here who is able to confirm my statement?

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    Default Re: TRUECRYPT - FULL SYSTEM ENCRYPTION

    Not sure if I understand you correct because this is in Applications and you talk about 'system encryption'.

    Nevertheless the following link may be of interest: Encrypted Root File System - openSUSE
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    Default Re: TRUECRYPT - FULL SYSTEM ENCRYPTION

    What I actualkly meant is live system encryption of the whole drive like possible on windows. That's missing on Linux so far...

    Thanks anyway.

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    Default Re: TRUECRYPT - FULL SYSTEM ENCRYPTION

    Mh... Im still struggling with system drive encryption. What I actually want to accomplish is to encrypt my whole system drive an the fly. Everything.
    Somehow that should be possible with TrueCrypt (at least its no issue to do so on any Windows system).

    Arrg... Id really love to use TrueCrypt for that task - if ANYONE comes up with a hint/solution/possibility: PLEASE feel free to reply. THANKS.

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    According to the documentation, TrueCrypt can currently encrypt the following operating systems:

    * Windows Vista
    * Windows Vista x64 (64-bit) Edition
    * Windows XP
    * Windows XP x64 (64-bit) Edition
    * Windows Server 2008
    * Windows Server 2008 x64 (64-bit)
    * Windows Server 2003
    * Windows Server 2003 x64 (64-bit)

    So apparently nothing for Linux, yet....
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    Default Re: TRUECRYPT - FULL SYSTEM ENCRYPTION

    Via google I found TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux on top. It says (among other things):
    Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux
    So where do you get stuck?
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    Good boy. I get stuck setting up full system drive encryption (option is missing on Linux version I guess...) including pre-boot authentication.

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    Default Re: TRUECRYPT - FULL SYSTEM ENCRYPTION

    For everyone who is interested: Ive opened a thread about the issue on the TrueCrypt forum.
    Please view it here: :: TrueCrypt Forums ::

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    Default Re: TRUECRYPT - FULL SYSTEM ENCRYPTION

    Small update:
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    I've just been given a good "alternative" for TrueCrypt, which I want to share with you. The Following answers are coming from TrueCrypt board members:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jakken
    For linux I think there are block-encryption software like DMcrypt to encrypt the system drive (not tried myself).
    System-encryption on linux using Truecrypt seems to take quite awhile.
    Quote Originally Posted by ad
    See dm-crypt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . I am using both Luks (linux system partitions) + Truecrypt (shared data) here with no problems.

    Actually there only is need for truecrypt system encryption with linux until you get used to Luks.
    I'll try it and maybe I'll report back later how things worked out for me. If anyone knows of a "better" software, please let me know right away!
    In the meantime I hope I could help those guys who have been looking for a good solution too.

    Enjoy.

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    I know it's been a while since this post was updated but reading it and the thread in truecrypt forums was educational.

    I currently use Truecrypt on my windows laptop, but wanted to install any linux distro on it as the primary OS. My concern was I wanted to be able to encrypt the entire volume so if someone stole my laptop, they would see basically a blank hard drive. If they stole it to get personal data from me and new it was encrypted they would have to spend hours and hours, in fact I think it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 2000 years to decrypt the data. (My password is quite long and random.)

    The reason I think it needs to be an entire system encryption is to make sure that while I am using the drive everything written to the HD is in an encrypted form. So when working on a document, website, whatever that has temporary files that may contain sensitive data that the system never has the ability to write that cleartext to any temporary location with out it being encrypted.

    Full hard drive encryption gives me the sense of security that the OS can't accidentally write on the HD in clear text. (I am trusting that to be the case anyway.)

    I have not fully looked into what happens in linux on the boot and root drives, they may in fact be read only drives, or have the ability to be setup as read only. If that's the case, now I am trusting the OS to honor the read only status and not write my sensitve data there in clear text for someone with advanced hard drive tools to be able to pull that data off, even if it's over written. (I know there are ways to see "ghosting" on drives even if things are overwritten. Hence the reason for 30+pass drive wiping software.)

    Again thanks for starting this thread over a year ago, I will continue to read up on this subject. If you have any links or places you have also looked for a solution to this problem, please post or send me a PM on the forums here.

    Until the next time,

    Thirteen

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