Ubuntu Security :: Auto Mount The Truecrypt Volume?

Feb 9, 2010

I have a 2nd hard drive that I have encrypted using true crypt. Is it possible to set this up with key files (or some other way) to auto mount when linux boots. I need it in true crypt because there are some work programs I dual boot to use in windows, and need to have access to the drive in XP from time to time, and true crypt can mount there as well. But 90+% of my time is in linux and I would like to have it auto mount through fstab (or whatever way it needs to be). My entire linux setup has been set up with encryption through dm crypt and LUKS (except for /boot). So I would think having a key file stored on the computer and an auto mount fstab would be just as secure as however secure my LUKS setup is. So any way to auto mount a true crypt 2nd drive volume?

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Ubuntu Security :: Truecrypt - Remote Mount Volume - Or Send Bash Script Remotely?

Apr 1, 2011

I have an Ubuntu 10.04 machine at home and apache setup on it (files are located in a Truecrypt volume). The reason for the web server being that I wanted to access my files wherever I'm at (i.e. hotel, work, hotspots, etc...). So far, it's worked out great for me seeing as a I can http download my files (or stream media files). However, I am often on a public hotspot and I know it's a matter of time before someone finds the webserver on my computer. I have the machine firewalled and password protected (via .htaccess), but either way I don't want people looking in on my computer.

The problem: I have used Truecrypt for a long time and completely trust using the program to encrypt/unencrypt a volume container to store my files. Usually, I would remote desktop into my computer and mount/unmount the volume when I needed it. However, after time it get's really annoying to do this. So I eventually figured out how to setup a bash script to automatically do this for me (which I put on the usb part of my phone). What I wanted to do was to be able send the bash script to my Ubuntu machine (via ftp from my phone) and have Ubuntu automatically run the script. Is this possible? What programs do I need on Ubuntu?

I was thinking about using something like cron, but that is for scheduled times. I don't really have a set time in which I need my files, it's pretty sporadic depending on how much I travel. Thus the need for being able to remotely mount the volume when I need it.

Summary: I need a way for Ubuntu to read a folder every minute or so to check for bash scripts to run. I want to be able to send the bash script via ftp from my phone, have Ubuntu run the script, then delete itself (so as to not store the password). I already know the script in which to mount the Truecrypt volume and how to send the file via ftp from my phone. It's really a matter of what program to use in Ubuntu to find and run the script.

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General :: Mount Part Of A Dd Image As A Truecrypt Volume

Jul 16, 2011

I have a dd image of a full drive (as a file) that was using Truecrypt system encryption under windows. I want to mount the main partition from that image using Linux's Truecrypt. I am familiar with dd loopback devices and have the partition offset, but I don't know how I can mount it like this because I need to use the truecrypt command.

Is there perhaps some way to create a fake device file for the disk image that I can mount from within Truecrypt?

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Ubuntu Security :: TrueCrypt - Hidden Volume Protection ?

Jan 22, 2010

I installed TrueCrype 6.3a on my 8.1 Ubuntu. Everything went fine until I got to the part where I need to protect my hidden volume from damaged caused by writing to the outer volume (these instructions: [url] ). I can't find the checkbox to "Protect hidden volume from damaged caused by writing to outer volume". The closest thing I can find is an option to "Protect hidden volume when mounting outer volume". Intuitively these don't sound the same to me. There are 2 difference between my setup and the instructions; 1) the instructions appear to be written for Windows and not Linux. 2) I am using a file volume and not a partition volume.

Does anyone know where the option is to protect the hidden volume when writing to the outer volume?

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Ubuntu Security :: TrueCrypt Volume Is No Longer Bootable

Jul 16, 2010

I installed TrueCrypt in Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (no Linux installations present) and I stopped the TrueCrypt service in the Windows enviroment, and then, I restarted, and all the sudden it seemed the PC can not see the Hard Disk at all at startup, nada... I believe I dismounted it by stopping the TrueCrypt service... So the PC no longer understands there is a TrueCrypt volume in place, and I inserted the TrueCrypt recovery disk, and it can not do any thing, I restored the bootloaders, the true crypt loader, and once I finished this, I press ESC, and it says there are no bootable devices, so nothing. I even decrypted the disk, and it seemed that nothing happened with the restore disk...

Is there any way I can make this partition bootable again? because I have every thing in that partition, every single bit of life... I have used TestDisk under Linux right now, but I am unsure of this, and I also further complicated the boot proccess, and now the PC states at startup about missing partition tables. When I start truecrypt from this Kubuntu live CD, I am unable to see the encrypted hard disk even with root, there is no way to see this hard disk, only can be seen in the TestDisk app. I really I am desperate, at least, if I can not make Windows Boot again, maybe just suck all the files out of the hard disk and put them some where for now, I really need to get back to work, and I cant seem to find a solution...

I know here at Ubuntu forums, some one may have the solution. And I do know for sure all the files on this volume are there because of the TestDisk app, so they are there, they are just not reachable.... (I have posted this problem on a Linux forums instead of a Windows forum because the only way to try to recover the volume is with Linux Kubuntu Live CD

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Ubuntu Security :: Create An AutoMount Truecrypt Volume?

Dec 29, 2010

How do I create a Truecrypt volume that will automount on bootup?

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Ubuntu :: Mount TrueCrypt Volume To Recover Macrium Reflect Image?

Feb 28, 2011

I have created a TrueCrypt volume, mounted it in Windows, and created an image file for my OS partition using Macrium Reflect (free version). I made a Rescue CD for Macrium, and the setup works great on unencrypted files, but I have no way to mount the TrueCrypt volume, while booted to the Macruim rescue CD. I have Puppy Linux 4.3.1 on a CD, and can boot to it. I'm a beginner's beginner, however, and I haven't figured out how to install TrueCrypt with Puppy Linux running. Getting the Macrium recovery program to run with the TrueCrypt volume mounted looks even more complicated, and I don't know if it's even possible. I want to be able to recover my laptop from a drive failure, as well as protect my OS from bad programs or malware. Macrium reflect does this job well, because it:

1. is free

2. only writes the used space of the system partition to the image file, and also compresses the data, resulting in a relatively small file. (~ 50 percent of the used space on the OS partition)

3. retains drive alignment for a pre-aligned partition.

However, I wish to keep my backup partitions encrypted to protect my privacy. TrueCrypt does an excellent job of this because it:

1. is free

2. encrypts the OS and all data on the computer.

3. protects all backup data.

I like the fact that Puppy Linux can be loaded into memory, so I only need to boot from removable media to work on my OS partition. I understand there is a portable Ubuntu OS, and perhaps this would be a better platform for my goal? Is there a way to combine Linux on removable media, with Macrium Reflect, and recover an image from a TrueCrypt volume?

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OpenSUSE Install :: Auto-mount Truecrypt Partitions From Fstab?

Jan 14, 2011

I have a Windows partition encrypted with TrueCrypt. If I start TrueCrypt (or RealCrypt) I can mount the partition through the GUI. before I encrypted the partition I used to auto-mount it at boot using fstab and it would appear in my places bar in the file managers. Is it possible to auto-mount truecrypt partitions from fstab?

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Ubuntu Security :: Securely Delete File In TrueCrypt Volume

Jan 4, 2011

This one being Ubuntu 9.10 (yes, I know I really should upgrade). I keep a number of confidential files in a TrueCrypt container which is a standalone file in my Documents folder. I'd like to delete some of these, but I want to do it as securely as I can, but I believe if I simply hit 'Delete' with the file selected it'll move the file to the Deleted Items folder. This, I assume, means that the file is taken out of the encrypted volume and stored unencrypted in the Deleted folder.

I've been reading a little about the Shred command, and there seems to be some question about whether it works effectively with a journalled file system; and since I have no idea whether I'm using a journalled file system, or how to find out, I'm treating Shred and other over-writing secure deletion tools as ineffective for now.

With this in mind, can anyone advise me how I can protect the file stored in the TrueCrypt volume, and delete it in place, without taking it out of the encrypted area? And, further to that, can anyone tell me whether in fact the file is actually secured while it's in the encrypted volume? For all I know, just opening the volume may result in copies being made somewhere (apart from RAM).

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Security :: Truecrypt Volume On Ftp Server Inferior To Sftp?

Feb 24, 2011

If one uses a free ftp account to store private data such as bookmarks, they might prevent any eavesdropping by using ssh for the transfer (ftps), or alternatively sftp.

However, they would still have to trust the ftp hosting provider, because the data is stored unencrypted in the server.

Someone suggested putting all bookmarks in a small truecrypt volume instead and synchronizing this with the ftp server.

Performance issues aside, given that the plaintext only changes a little in each resync (only a bookmark is added usually), is the use of the truecrypt volume introducing a means for an eavesdropper to break the code?

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Debian :: Auto-mounted Truecrypt Partition (keyfile Based) - Can't Add A Keyfile To The Volume Using The GUI

Nov 18, 2010

I have a Truecrypt-encrypted Windows [system] partition, that I want to be opened and mounted automatically (using a keyfile) when I log into Debian, since it is also encrypted and I don't want to type two passphrases. It think this could be done with LUKS. With TC I probably have to go with the CLI, but haven't figured it out yet. And I can't add a keyfile to the volume using the GUI. In order to mount the volume I have to tick the Mount partition using system encryption (preboot authentication) checkbox, or otherwise I get Incorrect password or no TrueCrypt volume found. And same when I try to add a keyfile.

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Ubuntu Security :: Mount A Truecrypt Partition Automatically With Login Password?

May 17, 2010

I found a way some times ago to mount a truecrypt volume when opening the session by insertion of the login password in the mounting script instead of putting it in clear in the script. I don't remember to command to read/transfer the password.

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Ubuntu Security :: Mount Flash Drive Encrypted By Truecrypt Using A Keyfile?

Dec 15, 2010

I have two questions regarding auto mount function of Truecrypt. First question:

I want to automatically mount my flash drive encrypted by Truecrypt using a keyfile whenever I plug the drive. How can I do this? I use Ubuntu 10.10.

Second question:

As I do not know the answer of my first question, I currently use following command in a startup script to mount my encrypted flash drive automatically at every system start-up.

/usr/bin/truecrypt -k ~/keyfile --auto-mount=favorites

My problem with this method is, Truecrypt always search for the drive in the same path saved in favorite drives list, e.g. /dev/sdb1. However sometimes there are more than one flash drive plugged to my computer and my encrypted drive's path changes. In such cases Truecrypt cannot mount my encrypted drive because it cannot find the drive in its path.

As a workaround I tried "auto-mount=devices" parameter. It is slow because it checks every mounted drive, and some of them external hard disk big in size. Moreover it does not recognize any mount point parameter. I'd like to mount the drive to the same mount point every time.

/usr/bin/truecrypt -t --auto-mount=devices -p "" -k ~/keyfile /media/MyMountPoint

The command above mounts the drive however it is slow and to the destination of "/media/treucrypt1".

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Ubuntu :: Auto Mount Encrypted Volume Using Login Passphrase?

May 3, 2010

I recently installed Ubunutu 10.04 Netbook Remix onto a Dell Vostro A90. During install I selected "Require my password to log in and to decrypt my home folder", and this is working great.

What I would like to figure out, is how to have a second encrypted volume that lives on my SD Card that is also decrypted automatically upon login.

I've tried a variety of things, but they all require me to re-enter my password at some point during the boot/login, once for user login and the other time to decrypt/mount the volume. I am trying to avoid this, and hopefully will only have to enter my password once. Maybe I can piggyback on the default Ubunutu home directory decryption and make it all appear seamless?

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Debian Configuration :: Can't Auto-Mount External NTFS Volume

Apr 6, 2010

I have successfully mounted my Win7 volume and my external hard drives NTFS volume as well. However, after modifying the fstab I seem to only be getting the win7 volume to auto-mount. Below is the contents of my fstab. /dev/sdf3 is not mounting. Again, it works no problem if I manually mount it.

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point> <type>  <options> <dump> <pass>


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Ubuntu :: TrueCrypt Volume Not Unmounting In Xubuntu 11.04?

Jul 16, 2011

I successfully created a TrueCrypt volume and mounted it and put some files there.

Then I tried to unmount and just could not.

I can still see the files when I go to /media/truecrypt1.

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Software :: Truecrypt Has Lost Mount Type - Unable To Mount

Aug 17, 2010

I have been using truecrypt to mount a partition on my computer for a few months now. Yesterday I tried to access it and it failed, with the following error:" mount: you must specify the filesystem type "

When creating the partition, the filesystem type was set to ext2. Apart from yesterday, I have not accessed this partition for a number of days now, and have done nothing to the operating in system in the ways of changing settings and such for a good week.

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Slackware :: Truecrypt Hidden Volume ?

May 15, 2011

I mount truecrypt ntfs hidden volume in Slackware, i can read but i can't write to it. It shows "Operation not permitted". I can read and write from other distro without any problem.

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Ubuntu Security :: Encryption, Luks, "auto"-mount, But Ask For Password?

Feb 14, 2010

I know how to mount it manually. I've seen a howto on how to mount it automatically by loging in with the user, you type your username and password and it mounts your encrypted partition. But that's not what I want. My idea is to call cryptsetup and mount on boot, AND ask me for passphrase like when its loading the system, then if I don't type the right password it shouldn't mount /home, even though i type the correct USER password later when the system is loaded(and then I'd have an empty /home since my home partition wasn't mounted due to wrong passphrase).

This is what I tried: I added the commands to rc.local and I don't even feel like it was executed, no passphrase was asked. As a test if commands there were being executed, I tried simple commands lile mkdir /test and it worked. So commands there are executed, yet, no passphrase was asked to me, I looked on dmesg for crypt and found nothing, I pressed alt+ctrl+F1 desiring to find a passprhase-ask and again, nothing.

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Ubuntu :: Truecrypt Requires Password For Mount?

Nov 6, 2010

I use truecrypt to encrypt a file containing my sensitive data (credit card numbers, bank account info, etc).

When I mount my encrypted file through truecrypt, I enter the password for my file. That's OK - I want to keep it that way. But when it gets mounted as a file system, ubuntu also requires that I enter the 'su' password.

How do I get around this?

I run ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid)

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Ubuntu :: Optimally Mount Truecrypt At Startup?

Dec 31, 2010

i want to use this line:


to mount my volume at start up. it prompts for my truecrypt password(TCP) to open my files. so far i can put it in in the "Startup applications" but it needs root rights.. so it prompts for my root password and then again for my TCP. id like it to only ask for my TCP. i tried just putting the command and then also putting the command in a bash script and calling it from there.

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Debian :: Unable To Mount The Truecrypt

Oct 29, 2009

using Debian Testing and installed Truecrypt using the deb package from truecrypt website meant for ubuntu. The installation is okay.

Started Truecrypt

-> selected the file to mount,
-> entered the correct password

then Truecrypt asked for the USER or ADMIN password. Enter either password brings me back to the same input screen asking for USER or ADMIN for password.

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Ubuntu Security :: Ecryptfs Doesn't Auto-decrypt With Auto-login

Jan 6, 2011

I recently installed 32bit maverick and wanted to make it login automatically. I tried enabling auto login from Admin > Login but that didnt work and I was still prompted for my password. Then I went to Users & Groups and changed the password option to Do Not ask for password at login now after I reboot, the user list is shown (only 1 user) and it doesnt ask for password after I click on my username.

However, then it gives a few errors (as i vaguely recall):

1. cannot load .ICE directory in my home directory
2. some error 256 about a gconf-sanity-2 file
3. nautilus cannot load my home directory etc

and then it gets stuck without loading anything (blank wallpaper). i ve tried navigating to my home directory using Alt F2, gksudo nautilus and my home dir contents are encrypted by the ecryptfs (there is a readme.txt file and a shortcut). i have tried to decrypt but it doesnt work... i ve also tried to start/stop gdm, and startx but nothing works. if i stop gdm, then the prompt doesnt recognize my password and keeps on rejecting the commands i enter... I think this has something to do with the home dir not being decrypted due to the dont ask for paswd option... how can i disable the dont ask for pwd without the gui (i can access my / by booting through an external usb).

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Ubuntu Security :: How To Setup The Truecrypt

Apr 8, 2010

I've been looking at setting up truecrypt on my laptop, but the guides on the truecrypt site and the ubuntu documentation seems to be incomplete or not address what i want to do.

What I have:

dual boot windows 7 / Ubuntu (lucid)

What I want is to dual boot with the hidden OS system:

Windows 7 (plausable)
Ubuntu (plausable)
Ubuntu (hidden install)

Is this possible? or is it better to make a hidden /home partition?

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Ubuntu Security :: Truecrypt With Multiboot I10.10/7?

Mar 21, 2011

I work for a all-in-one IT company, basically businesses hire us and we will fix all their problems from servers to pencil sharpenersI want to get some background with UNIX so i wanted to multiboot linux on my laptop and use it for a few weeks. After a few hours of trial and error i managed to install it! So to the point: i used Truecrypt to encrypt my laptop and it used a special boot loader that made me input the password just after the post.My question is, can i use Truecrypt with a multiboot 7/ubuntu? After it took me hours to install this , running into and trouble shooting various problems that were probably just my ignorance, but Linux feels very fragile and i do not want to screw it up.

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Ubuntu Security :: Truecrypt & Easycrypt Do Nothing

Jun 15, 2011

I have repeatedly installed Truecrypt and Easy Crypt but they do not "See" each other nor do they Encrypt Any Folder or File.

Easycrypt keeps telling me that I do not have Truecrypt installed!?

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Ubuntu Security :: Which Hash To Use For TrueCrypt

Jun 22, 2011

TrueCrypt offers 3 hashes for use: RIPEMD-160, SHA-512, WHIRLPOOL.What do most people use? How does one go about deciding which one is appropriate for them? Do they differ in security or performance?

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Ubuntu Security :: Use TrueCrypt With Non-ext3 Partitions?

Mar 23, 2010

When you are creating a TrueCrypt partition it asks what filesystem you will be using:


This is fine if you decide to create your partition on Linux but I am wondering what you would do if you wanted to create it on your XP partition and access it through the mounted drive. My XP is NTFS and that option does not appear.

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Ubuntu Security :: How To Launch Downloaded TrueCrypt

Mar 7, 2011

I downloaded TruCrypt but can't get it to launch.

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Ubuntu Security :: Truecrypt Container And Clearing Swap?

Sep 27, 2010

my current plan is to create a truecrypt container with the whirlpool hash. This container will be located on a hdd that is not where my OS will be located (so a separate physical sata drive).My concern is when this container is accessed, that some of the password information could be stored in my swap partition (which is on the main drive where the OS "/" is located)

I would like to have a script or command I could run that after I unmount those drives (or just halt the system) that my swap (and ram too if possible) could be wiped (or like overwritten with the shred command). Also, am I going about this the right way, or should I just use truecrypts FDE on the entire drive? In addition, when Ubuntu does it's default install, does it create a swap file in addition to a swap partition? If it does, would that be another vulnerability? If it is, how do I prevent this from happening?

I welcome any input you have on this. I am aware that once the drive is mounted, it is vulnerable, but I want the data to be secure as possible once my computer is turned off. Also, I have read that there are ram exploits where it holds your passwords for up to a few minutes after you turn the machine off, does anyone know how long that it and is there a way to clear it, or will only time let it fade?

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