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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“sudo ecryptfs-recover-private” gives “find: ‘/run/user/1000/gvfs’: Permission denied” after botched (?) upgrade

EDIT 1: I reinstalled 16.04 having booted through the CD but with the HDD installed, now I can read the "readme.txt" and I can click on the "access-your-private-data.desktop" and it seems to run for a ...
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How do I regain access to my encrypted home directory after changing my password?

On 12.04 LTS x64, I changed my user password via the User Accnts tool. After that I was unable to login again with my new password since my home directory is encrypted and the above-described bug does ...
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Encrypted Home… Forgotten Password, but no Passphrase

I am using a cloned hard drive in attempts to restore some old files. The cloned drive has 2 users, one with an encrypted home drive, one without. Both are administrators. When I couldn't get into ...
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How can I setup an encrypted home directory or encrypted disk using TPM?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on a Dell computer that has TPM. I need to protect the files in the home directory in case the disk is removed from the computer and plugged into another computer, ...
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Which one: moving /home or making symlinks in regard to SSD efficiency

My whole Ubuntu installation including /home is located in an ext4 partition on an SSD drive. I'm going to move archives and document files (which are almost all inside the home folder) to an external ...
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Encrypted home with Ecryptfs - How to store the key file if i missed it on first boot?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 with encrypted Home-directory. When I first booted I was given the option to store a key file to some Flash-drive (USB) or anything and there was a hint how to do it later. I ...
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Encrypt folders with a nice gui

I am currently using encfs 1.7.4 with gnome encfs manager 1.8.17 to encrypt my confidential files. This manager has quite a nice gui that allows me to quickly mount available (previously mounted) ...
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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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How to use Disk Usage Analyzer with encypted home (.Private/ECRYPTFS)

When I run Disk Usage Analyzer (Baobab) and click on the first option (/), I get this: All names are like ECRYPTFS_FNEK_ENCRYPTED.xyz. QUESTION: How to get the real names?
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Nautilus Cannot Move Files to Trash When Trash is in eCryptfs / Files are on a Different Drive

I used to just press the Delete key on selected files on Nautilus, and then it would trash the file(s) without confirmation. That was very convenient. I later decided that my Trash may contain ...
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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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Decrypt home directory using mount pasphrase - files still encrypted

I am trying to recover data from an Ubuntu installation with an encrypted home directory mounted on a separate partition /dev/sda1. I don't have the login passphrase, but I do have the original mount ...
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how to use ecryptfs with a random directory

I would like to use ecryptfs to encrypt a random directory (i.e., not my home directory or a subdirectory thereof, principally due to disk space limitations on my home partition) and mount that ...
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In eCryptfs, is the mount passphrase / OpenSSL key the exact same thing as the FEKEK?

In the sparse documentation of eCryptfs and web articles about it, the term "mount passphrase" and the acronym FEKEK are sometimes used interchangeably and sometimes they seem to mean something ...
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How do I mount an encrypted /home directory on another Ubuntu machine?

I've done something a bit, well, strange. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 directly onto a USB thumb stick, encrypting the /home directory as given the option during the install. The filesystem is btrfs, I ...
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Windows disappeared after installing Ubuntu encrypted

My problem is I lost Windows after reinstalling Ubuntu 14.04, because I reinstalled Ubuntu using encryption. From the beginning: 1) When I bought this laptop Windows 8 was already installed. 2) I ...
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Changed password - now can't login to my account (full disk encyption + encrypted home folder)

So I'm running Ubuntu 15.10. I have full disk encryption setup and an encrypted home folder, I realize this is stupid but I didn't realize what I choose when I set it up and never bothered to try and ...
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How much extra storage space does eCryptFS use?

I'm thinking of using eCryptFS, but I wanted to know how much more disk space is used.
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How to use TRIM on encrypted home folder

I've installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. During the installation, I've checked 'encrypted home' but home folder is in the same partition as the root (i.e in '/'). I know that the usage of TRIM on LUKS devices ...
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FDE: can't enter passphrase with wireless keyboard 14.04 LTS

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with full disk encryption. My problem is that I am unable to enter the passphrase for the encryption with my wireless Logitech keyboard, and have to plug in an ...
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How do i replicate Ecryptfs

Does anyone know how to decrypt ecryptfs files without using ecryptfs? This is partly as an exercise and partly to use an ecryptfs mount from my Dropbox on a Windows machine/smartphone. Or: what is ...
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Securely automount encrypted drive at user login

An encrypted /home directory gets mounted automatically for me when I log in. I have a second internal hard drive that I've formatted and encrypted with Disk Utility. I want it to be automatically ...
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When installing I'm given the option of encrypting my home folder — what does this do?

Does encrypting my home folder make my computer more secure? Do I have to enter my password more if my home folder is encrypted? What else should I know about encrypting my home folder?
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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 ...
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eCryptFS on Ubuntu Server 14x (problem with ecryptfs-generate-tpm-key)

I faced a problem that I can't solve by my own. I'm trying to install ecryptfs at an Ubuntu Server that will crypt a folder with thelp of Trusted Processing Module (TPM). I'm following the following ...
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Practical use of ecryptfs, encrypted keys, and TPM: how to convert existing user key to encrypted key?

Short version of this question is: How do I convert a user key on the kernel keyring storing ecryptfs authentication token / FEFEK to an encrypted key on keyring? (I.e. how to add an encrypted key ...
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ecrypftfs - strange non-deterministic behavior

I have two sets of folders: plaintextA, ecryptfsA plaintextB, ecryptfsB They are mounted from fstab. I have a single set of parameters in /root/.ecryptfsrc (actually I have no idea if there is a ...
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ecryptfs and login passphrase vs mount passphrase

I installed ecryptfs-utils and used it to create a Private encrypted folder in my home directory. During creation of Private encrypted folder I was asked for a login passphrase and a mount passphrase....
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How to change the passphrase for a private directory encrypted with ecryptfs

I set up a ~/Private directory, but now i want to change the passphrase i used. I moved all files out of that folder in order to start from scratch. So far i tried with: ~ $ cd / / $ ecryptfs-umount-...
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Is there a way to move directory in the encrypted home to a second disk and keep the encryption ?

I have an install with home encryption (ecryptfs), it works fine, but am running out of space on that first disk, I have a second disk plugged in and formatted to ext4. Is it possible to use the same ...
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Mount LUKS encrypted hard drive at boot (luks key stored in HOME folder which is encrypted by ecryptfs)

This question is regarding the one raised at: Mount LUKS encrypted hard drive at boot I have added my key to home folder and all works as a charm. Thanks guys! However I would like to better ...
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How to create an encrypted folder (not my home) and mount (decrypt) it automatically upon login?

Basically I would like to have something similar to Ubuntu's encrypted home folder, except for that the folder I would like to encrypt is NOT my home folder. Nor do I want to use that ~/Private folder....
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How to remove an encrypted home directory

Recently, I had to do an OS reinstall. I keep my home folder encrypted in the event that my laptop were to be stolen, people wouldn't have access to my files. Using ecryptfs-recover-private, I was ...
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Corrupted ecryptfs

So I did an interesting thing. I inadvertently copied an old version of my /home directory onto my current /home directory. I'll call these files Bad files. My home partitions are encrypted, and this ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Keyring broken "signature not found in user keyring perhaps try the

So, for some reason i cant suddenly log into my main account, so i did alt+ctrl+f1 and saw the message "signature not found in user keyring perhaps try the interactive 'ecryptfs-mount-private'" I can ...
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Can't copy or move recovered crypted files from the temp folder

My ubuntu failed a few days back. I was able to recover my encrypted home folder using ecryptfs-recover-private then nautilus (under root) to view the ecryptfs.xxxxxxxxx folder in the temp. I can ...
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Locked out of full disk encryption

I setup full disk encryption during my ubuntu install (14.04) and I recently rebooted and now I am locked out. I have not forgotten the password, I use it regularly. After boot when I put in the ...
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Ecryptfs - Encrypt second folder (for dropbox) in addition to encrypted home folder

I've encrypted my home partition in Ubuntu (15.10 currently). Now I am trying to encrypt a single directory so that I can use it to sync. with e.g. dropbox securely. Therefore, I need a new ecryptfs-...
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Enable ecryptfs for all new users, even those authenticating through kerberos and ldap

How do I make sure that all users have their home directory encrypted when the login for the first time? I have setup pam to use Kerberos authentication and LDAP authorization (which I think should ...
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Dual Ubuntu Installations with Whole Disk Encryption

My goal is I want to have a Xubuntu/Ubuntu dual boot, with a catch - I want the disk to be fully encrypted with the dm-crypt (native supplied) whole disk encryption. Now I know, out of the box the ...
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After upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04, home folder remains encrypted, and the password doesn't work

Last weekend I upgraded Ubuntu from 12.04 to 14.04. After the upgrade I logged-in using my old user and password, and I noticed that my home folder is empty, except encrypted files (I logged-in using ...
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Multiple solutions for login problem

Same problem others have. Forgot password. Changed password using Sudo passwd, but Home directory was encrypted, so now when I login the ecryptfs and home directory will not mount or decrypt. ...
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Can't type passphrase to decrypt disk

Just wiped out everything on my Macbook Pro Retina Early-2015 (Macbook12,1 or something) and installed Ubuntu. Had to use acpi=off and nodmraid just to get the USB stick to boot. I wanted to have ...
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ecryptfs special files

I used ecryptfs and I can't access my files. I need to keep trying passwords. But for the time being I want to save/backup my files on a different system. The problem is when I do sudo to backup all ...
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Problem using 'ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase'

I have 2 laptops running Ubuntu 14.04. 1> The Toshiba supplies the mount passphrase when I run 'ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase' 2> When I run 'ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase' the HP does not supply ...
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Encrypted Home… Forgotten password, but I have the Passphrase [duplicate]

I have forgotten the password to log in to Ubuntu (15.10). My home folder is encrypted. I do have the passphrase. How should I change the user password? There are some procedures here but they do not ...
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Home encryption causes infinite login loop

Installed fresh 14.04 with home encrytion enabled. After opening desktop screen i changed root and main user's passwords.(before that they all were the same: user's, root's, encryption passwords) Now ...
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Weird Files and Folders

I have a folder in the Lubuntu which has following structure: soprano (4,2 KB) .ecryptfs (26,8 GB) - *this folder was hidden* lost+found (16 KB) Inside the folder .ecryptfs: soprano And inside ...
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Snapshot of big file

So I need to repair a VirtualBox. VirtualBox's snapshot function wont help me, as I need to repair the .vdi file on a lower level. So I want to make a snapshot of the actual state, and then modify ...
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Set a hook on eCryptfs mount

I want to run several commands as root after my eCryptfs is mounted on my login. Can I somehow set a hook for that? Can I do it with systemd? What I want to achieve is to mount automatically on login ...