Re: Hard drive encryption question for dual-boot XP and Fedora

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> John Summerfield wrote:
>> Tim wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2007-12-28 at 08:05 +0900, John Summerfield wrote:
>>>> I would not defy The Boss, but if he agrees Linux is good for its
>>>> diagnostic tools, then the question becomes "How do we do this?" and a
>>>> USB disk that's encrypted and doesn't carry sensitive data, or even a
>>>> CD/DVD might be part of the answer.
>>> Surely you'd only need to encrypt that which needs protecting.  Network
>>> diagnosis tools don't sound like something that needs it.  And if
>>> you're
>>> sensible enough to use different passwords, then someone finding out
>>> your logon credentials from an unprotected diagnosis partition can't
>>> use
>>> them to logon to the other protected one.
>> I would not be surprised if the corporate policy is to encrypt
>> everything. That way, there can be no nasty surprises if, accidentally
>> or by carelessness, sensitive data gets stored on the "network
>> diagnostics toolset."
>> For example, the results of running tcpdump or wireshark. Simply erasing
>> the files isn't enough, the space they occupied needs to be overwritten
>> too.
>> A likely sanction for defying such a policy is an invitation to seek
>> employment elsewhere.
> Can't you just boot from a CD when you need to do network diagnostics?
> Knoppix has about everything you would be likely to need.

Full drive encryption is a feature being worked on for the next version of
Fedora.  Looks promising. Has a few minor bugs to work out before being
"user ready".  (Does not seem to work with upgrades quite yet, just clean
installs.  I expect that to be fixed pretty quick now.)

Now if they would just build a x86_64 version of the Rawhide respin, i
could test it here...

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