ext2hide veils sensitive files

By | June 13, 2006

ext2hide is a proof-of-concept program that seeks to magically hide confidential data and files where nobody will look for them. It accomplishes its magic by making use of otherwise abandoned space in the superblocks in ext2/ext3 filesystems.

Even though Jason McManus, the author of the code, has been testing and using ext2hide on his own machines without catastrophic results, I urge you to use the utmost caution both in testing and using it. If you don´t grok superblocks and filesystems, you probably should not experiment with ext2hide, at least until it´s out of beta testing.

Grab the latest tarball, decompress it, and enter the resulting ext2hide-version subdirectory. There you will find a number of files you´ll want to read before proceeding: WARNING, README, TESTING, INSTALL, and LICENSE. The WARNING text alerts readers to the fact that if you hide data using ext2hide with a version of e2fsprogs prior to version 1.35, then upgrade e2fsprogs to version 1.35 or later, you run the risk of data corruption in your filesystem.Read Full Story

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