Is there a windows port of this available or in the works?

Asked by Ari on 2009-03-08

I need a multiplatoform folder-based encryption tool. Truecrypt doesn't cut it, it is only container-based. Enc-fs doesn't seem to have a windows port.

The reason I need this is: I need to be able to "dynamically" allocated USB key space to encrypted and non-encrypted files.

Thxs

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Tyler Hicks
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2009-07-11
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2009-07-11
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2009-07-11
Best Tyler Hicks (tyhicks) said : #1

It would be nice to be able to read/write eCryptfs files in a non-Linux environment. Unfortunately, there is no Windows port available, nor is one planned.

Markus (doits) said : #2

just wanted to note i would be very interested in a windows port, too! this would make sharing encrypted files between windows <--> linux much more painless...

Charnjit SiNGH (webdevhud) said : #3

I just want to say, I hate Windows - can't believe I wasted so much of my life using it.

However, there are times when ppl are forced to use windows ( - & may God help those poor ppl).
I'm really not that fussed about write support on a Windows system - If ANYBODY wants real security, & wants to create / modify, etc secure files, they should be using Linux.

However, read support could be worth it when you're caught 'with your pants down,' i.e. suddenly realise you're cornered by a windows machine, & need access to secure data.

With that said, honestly, I don't really want anything belonging to the Linux world to be passed on to windows, & I'd actually prefer eCryptFS remaining true to Linux. Fact is, if you're already using Linux (as you clearly are, seeing that you're using eCryptFS), then you'd invest in taking Linux with you everywhere you go, i.e. a notebook, USB portable, etc, See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Linux_distributions
LiveUSB Linuxes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Live_USB
LiveCD Linuxes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Live_CD

& there's always TrueCrypt, etc for Windows users if encryption is suddenly needed (& you can later transfer the data into eCryptFS if required)

So there's really no reason to be porting this to Windows, & making that Bast*rd OS any better - especially for free!

Hope my opinion is appreciated.

Thanx

^_^

Ari (ari-reads) said : #4

I couldn't agree more with your opinion about Linux. However - real life exists, and in real life, most corporations use windows, so when I am in the office, I don't have a choice but to use it. Still, I want to keep my personal folders encrypted, in such a way that I can easily take that folder Home, where I run Linux in my home desktop PC and ecryptfs is my tool for private folders.

I'm not asking for a "windows improvement" or anything like that. :) I'm sure that at some point in the future corporations will realize and will start using Linux desktops and at that point I won't need a windows port of ecryptfs. As far as I can see that point in time is still many years away...

Ari (ari-reads) said : #5

Thanks Tyler Hicks, that solved my question.

Tony Mugan (tmugan) said : #6

Perhaps an Android port would be a middle ground so that you can use your smartphone to access your encrypted data on a cloud folder e.g. UbuntuOne.

It would also be possible to decrypt ecryptfs files on a USB key or Micro SD card if you have an android device that can handle it.

Anyone know of GPL code for an Android app that can handle it?

Tyler Hicks (tyhicks) said : #7

Hi Tony - I know that some people have tinkered (and have been successful, I think) with getting eCryptfs working on Android. Android uses the Linux kernel, afterall. But I don't know of an available device, or Android image, that uses eCryptfs. I haven't really looked lately, though.

If it is something that you'd use, I'd suggest searching to see if there is an easy way to set up eCryptfs mounts on your Android device.

Tony Mugan (tmugan) said : #8

Thanks, Tyler,

I will have a look.

If there was a way of doing that then any of the free Cloud storage providers will allow you to bring your data with you without worrying about the security of your files. Then you have access to the files as you go.
I'm already doing this with Ubuntu and both Dropbox and U1 simultaneously for redundancy.

Adding an Android app to that mix would be nigh on perfect.

Cheers,

Tony.

Serge Hallyn (serge-hallyn) said : #9

Quoting Tony Mugan (<email address hidden>):
> Question #63520 on eCryptfs changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ecryptfs/+question/63520
>
> Tony Mugan posted a new comment:
> Thanks, Tyler,
>
> I will have a look.
>
> If there was a way of doing that then any of the free Cloud storage providers will allow you to bring your data with you without worrying about the security of your files. Then you have access to the files as you go.
> I'm already doing this with Ubuntu and both Dropbox and U1 simultaneously for redundancy.
>
> Adding an Android app to that mix would be nigh on perfect.

A python program to read the files would should work anywhere, and
while not as good as a full-fledged fs might suffice for a lot of
people.

leromarinvit (leromarinvit) said : #10

In case it's still relevant, encfs is similar to ecryptfs, and there's a Windows port available which works well. It's slower than ecryptfs though, because it uses FUSE.

Ari (ari-reads) said : #11

Thanks leronmarinvit! this is still very relevant. Here's the link to the windows port project of "encfs" which I think you refer to:

http://members.ferrara.linux.it/freddy77/encfs.html