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Re: summer of code - scrub feature

On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 11:21:34AM +0000, David Holland wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:33:37PM -0400, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:
>  > [...] and it goes nowhere to address my basic point,
>  > which is that causing extra disk writes -- much less the painstakingly
>  > flushed multiple overwrites that, for example, rm -P does -- today, is
>  > much, much more expensive than just encrypting the entire volume and
>  > being done with it.
> Sure, except encrypting the volume isn't equivalent. Cryptosystems
> have limited lifetimes. The bits on a discarded drive platter are,
> potentially, exposed indefinitely. For people who care about this
> stuff, making an adversary wait a dozen so years before a brute-force
> attack becomes feasible might or might not be an acceptable tradeoff.

A dozen years for a brute-force attack on AES?  You *are* pessimistic!

Thor Lancelot Simon                               
    "Even experienced UNIX users occasionally enter rm *.* at the UNIX
     prompt only to realize too late that they have removed the wrong
     segment of the directory structure." - Microsoft WSS whitepaper

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