eCryptfs is a POSIX-compliant enterprise-class stacked cryptographic filesystem for Linux. Ubuntu's encrypted home directory feature uses this technology.

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Which algorithm does “encrypt home directory” use?

When encrypting a user's home directory, either during the install procedure or later using ecryptfs-migrate-home, what encryption algorithm / key size is used by default?
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Recovering eCryptfs partition with ecryptfs-recover-private not working

I am trying to reinstall, but I want to backup my encrypted home first, so I booted up from a live CD, mounted the hard drive, ran sudo ecryptfs-recover-private <home directory here> and it ...
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Some files not copied when moving an encrypted home to a different partition

I have "successfully" moved my encrypted home to a separate partition using the instructions here: How can i move an encrypted home directory to another partition? However, some files are not being ...
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Does ecryptfs-setup-private use real time encryption?

I'm trying to encrypt some sensitive files on my computer, and I'm trying to figure out what the best option is. I'm considering using ecryptfs-setup-private or a True Crypt file container. I like ...
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Encrypted backups on a NFS or SSHFS share

Been going around in square circles here so any help and/or suggestions welcome! Goal: encrypt my backup data on shared network server (shared via NFS or SSHFS) want the encrypted folder to be ...
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How do I get Ubuntu to stop hanging periodically?

Ever since Ubuntu 11.04, I have been experiencing random system hangs (I'm currently running 11.10). REISUB does not recover the system and a hard-boot is required. Scanning all the system logs ...
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Is my encrypted home folder open to other users when I am logged in?

I am a bit unsure about how ubuntus encrypted home folder works compared to a truecrypt partition (which is what I have used before). When I am logged in, will other users on my computer be able to ...
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Need help desperately to decrypt home folder

Okay, long story: My Windows crashed so I installed 11.10 on my HDD. I then partitioned my 1TB so I could dual boot both OSes. But now when I go to log into my Ubuntu system it says "missing ...
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Ubuntu, Gnome, PAM and ecryptfs

I would like to have a directory accessible to a couple of users, and not readable by maintenance types ... I can do what I want using ecryptfs and a password known only to the "couple of users" in ...
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Dualboot harddisk encryption

I have a system with both Ubuntu 11.10 and Windows 7 and I want to encrypt the whole harddisk or at least some of my partitions. My partition table is something like this (the ones marked with * are ...
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Dash not searching files [closed]

Unity's Dash is not searching files that I have opened before, only Applications. Neither Global nor Files lenses are showing any results. In then Files lens, I can view most recent documents, but ...
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“/dev/mapper/cryptswap1 is not ready yet or not present” error with Virtualbox

I just installed Ubuntu 11.10 yesterday in VirtualBox 4.1.4 and every time I boot Ubuntu it says: /dev/mapper/cryptswap1 is not ready yet or not present I've done a fair bit of Googling to try to ...
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Need to change strong passphrase for Private folder

I want to sync .Private on two computers through Ubuntu One. Problem is that the two computers have different strong passphrases for the Private folder. I have the passphrases recorded on paper. I ...
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'unreachable' home folder

Occasionally, when I log into my Ubuntu server, the prompt says jon@jon-server:(unreachable)/$. Running pwd at this point returns (unreachable)/, however echo $HOME returns /home/jon as expected. If ...
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Can I identify encrypted files resulting in dmesg errors, or fsck the encrypted files?

A few days ago, I accidentally ran out of space in my encrypted (ecryptfs) home folder after upgrading to oneiric (Tracker went nuts). I noticed because I couldn't write my files with vim anymore, and ...
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How do I open Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop?

Help how do I open this. the README file says THIS DIRECTORY HAS BEEN UNMOUNTED TO PROTECT YOUR DATA. From the graphical desktop, click on: "Access Your Private Data" or From the command line, ...
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Mounting an encrypted partition (not home) at login

I have a partition for data that is encrypted. I've created it using Disk Utility, so I suppose it's using ecryptfs. Since it is not home, it doesn't get automatically configured to be mounted at ...
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eCryptfs: Input/output error

My home directory is encrypted using ecryptfs. I have recently started getting I/O errors when I try to access some files on that file system: aix@aix:~/.evolution/mail/imap/acct/folders/INBOX$ cat ...
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Identical folders in home directory after decryption of home directory failed

So this morning I turned on my laptop, and everything seemed to be going fine until I logged in. All my settings were gone, back to the default desktop, default programs and everything. I did an 'ls' ...
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Upgrading Ubuntu with encrypted $HOME

I've heard cases of people who had problems with ecryptfs-encrypted $HOME when upgrading their Ubuntu versions. Is there any truth in that, and if yes how to upgrade without problems?
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Migration from ecryptfs to full-disk encryption

I'm thinking if I should move from the ecryptfs $HOME encryption to a full-disk encryption. What is the most recommended tool I can use for this full-disk encryption, and what is the best tutorial ...
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Unwrapping passphrase and inserting into the user session keyring failed

After entering the correct passphrase at the command ecryptfs-mount-private, I am getting this error: torben@torben-nettop:~$ sudo ecryptfs-recover-private INFO: Searching for encrypted private ...
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Where is my encrypted home folder?

I'm following these instructions for 11.04 to decrypt my /home/torben folder of my old drive so that I can copy it onto my new drive. It seems to succeed: INFO: Success! Private data mounted ...
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Ensure swap encryption, add /var encryption, full HD encryption

I encrypted my swap with ecryptfs, but sometimes when I boot during the splash screen it says the swap is not encrypted, then it disappears. How can I check if it is encrypted? Only my $HOME files ...
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Why encrypted $HOME files showing to root, how to make it hidden again?

My home directory is encrypted with ecryptfs. I booted and logged in straight into root. Root see my home directory before I log in, but it shouldn't, and it wasn't that transparent. However, when I ...
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SSSD + Encrypted /home, no longer automounts at login

I've switched a few boxes over to SSSD, so they now authenticate against a central LDAP server, and cache the credentials when I'm offline. This works fine, and the Ubuntu packages installed fine. ...
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Disk Usage Analyzer reports that the .ecryptfs file is taking up as much space as the home drive

I selected "encrypt home partition" when I set up my netbook with Ubuntu. The disk usage analyzer now reports that twice as much space is taken up than actually is used. I have seen this question ...
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Nautilus becomes unresponsive, dmesg reports: “Valid eCryptfs headers not found…” [closed]

The other day I was installing some stuff via software center, when suddenly nautilus becomes unresponsive to the point where it just hangs until I restart. Now whenever I boot, Nautilus will work ...
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use ecryptfs for Ubuntu One with an already encrypted home directory

I'd like the idea of having one encrypted folder on Ubuntu One. There are current howtos in the Internet how to set it up with EncFS or ecryptfs. I'd like to use ecryptfs - not because of speed as ...
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Is it possible to have duplicated folders on /home folder new partition as an error?

I move my home directory to it's own partition but I end with what it seems to be a duplicated home folders (there are 2 accounts admin and everyones account) I have "admin and everyones" folders and ...
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How does home folder encryption work?

Back when Ubuntu first sported home folder encryption (what, around the time of Jaunty Jackalope?), I opted in. That caused me some grief when I decided to change my login password. I found that I ...
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Will encrypting my (huge) home directory slow performance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Performance Overhead of Encrypted /home The Ubuntu installer offers to encrypt my home directory. Since I have hundreds of gigabytes in my home folder I am worried ...
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Switched to Debian 6, but still have home encrypted

I was thinking of going back to Debian, because of old times. So I did a fresh install on my computer. And tweaked my login-name as well What id totaly forgot was that i have encryption on my ...
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Recovering from a move of /home when it's encrypted (ecryptfs)

I had a 20GB / partition at work that dual-booted with Windows and it quickly ran out of space. I usually do 20GB / and 160GB (or whatever the rest of the hard drive is) as /home, so I intended on ...
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Automatically mount encrypted directory, other than home, on login [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Securely automount encrypted drive at user login I finally managed to figure out how to mount an ecryptfs encrypted directory (my old home directory) I would like to ...
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Trying to mount old encrypted home

I installed a fresh Ubuntu 10.10 onto a new hard drive and want to mount the old home directory to a subdirectory of my new (also encrypted) home directory. I tried this with sudo mount -t ecryptfs ...
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Will changing password re-encrypt my home directory?

I need to change my user password. Do I need to take any extra steps for my encrypted home directory to become inaccessible with my old password and only accessible with my new password?
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If I encrypt my home folder during installation, can I do another clean installation over the entire hard drive?

Let's say I install Ubuntu 10.10 with an encrypted folder or hard drive, and I plan on doing a clean install of Ubuntu 11.04. Will the encryption cause an issue? Or will it still be as simple as ...
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Decrypt $HOME from Separate Partition after re-install

Previously, I had installed 10.10 with three partitions - sda1-/boot(ext2) sda2-/(btrfs) sda3- /home(btrfs). And I have chosen encrypted home folder. Now on same machine I have installed 10.04 (LTS) ...
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Security of keyctl

Today I set up an ecryptfs directory, which is automatically mounted at login via pam. To do so i followed the guide in the ecryptfs readme ecryptfs-readme To sum up, I now have a key stored in the ...
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How to get rid of home data encryption? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable the Home encryption offered during install? I have installed Ubuntu as a virtual machine on my Windows machine. During installation I selected to use ...
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Home folder not being decrypted

I had an issue with .ICEauthority which I think I just managed to solve. But for some reason the system is not able to decrypt my home folder. When I run ecryptfs-mount-private I get the message "You ...
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Encrypted home breaks on login

My home is encrypted, which breaks the login. Gnome and other services try to find all sorts of .files, write to them, read from them and so on. E.g. .ICEauthority. They are not found (yet) because at ...
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Encrypting an extra partition with ecryptfs?

I have an extra ext4 formatted partition which I would like to ecrypt with ecryptfs. I have chosen not to go for home directory ecryption and having a encrypted private directory also hasn't helped ...
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How can I determine if just the .private folder is encrypted or the whole home directory?

How can i determine if just the .private folder is encrypted or the whole home directory?
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Accidentally skipped encryption dialog after installation. How to resume?

During Ubuntu installation I chose to encrypt my home folder. Accidently after installation I skipped the dialog in ubuntu where I was asked to setup encryption (choose key and so on ...) How can I ...
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Why does an encrypted folder totally fill my /home/ folder?

When I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop from the CD, I choose for encrypting my home folder. Just after, I copied a lot of files to ~, but that copying might not have worked. Since then my ...
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Why is the automatic login disabled for users with encrypted home?

I've tried to setup an autologin, but that isn't possible, because my home is encrypted. What are the reasons for this? PS. Here I have described my problem: ...
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Private directory mounted without passphrase?

After setting up a private directory in ~/Private, I noticed that ecryptfs-mount-private is able to mount the directory without supplying a passphrase. Is there a way to disable this behaviour, to ...
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How to stop using built-in home directory encryption?

I have a new Ubuntu 10.04 installation with encrypted home directory (using the built-in encryption offered by Ubuntu installer). What's the easiest way to stop using encryption? (I.e., to decrypt ...