gonzo cryptography; how would you improve existing cryptosystems?

Jonathan Thornburg jthorn at aei.mpg.de
Tue Nov 8 03:15:42 PST 2005

On Fri, 4 Nov 2005, Travis H. wrote:
> PS:  There's a paper on cryptanalyzing CFS on my homepage below.  I
> got to successfully use classical cryptanalysis on a relatively modern
> system!  That is a rare joy.  CFS really needs a re-write, there's no
> real good alternatives for cross-platform filesystem encryption to my
> knowledge.

On Mon, 7 Nov 2005, Jason Holt wrote:
> Take a look at ecryptfs before rewriting cfs:
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/ecryptfs

Nice, but linux-only and requires special kernel support.  cfs supports
lots and lots of different OSs and doesn't require kernel modes.  So far
as I know, in this regard cfs is unique among cryptographic filesystems.


-- Jonathan Thornburg <jthorn at aei.mpg.de>
    Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik (Albert-Einstein-Institut),
    Golm, Germany, "Old Europe"     http://www.aei.mpg.de/~jthorn/home.html
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