VFDecrypt (“VileFault Decrypt”) is a program originally intended to was written by Jacob Appelbaum (ioerror) and released at 23c3 • . • • New Methods in Hard Disk Encryption. Read – THANKS to the guys at ! THEY did the real in-depth study to make this possible! I just put together .

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There is an easy way to check if Your image has the header at the beginning or at the end:. You can contact me instead. I’m start to look into more secure ways to store sensitive data, and Apple’s encrypted DMG disk images seem like a good compromise between security and convenience. This article presents a solution for situations in which an encrypted sparseimage such as file vault gets corruptedand you happen to have an older backup of that same image or have the skills to look for a lost header – see below.

Because AES encryption is not just your passphrase molded into your data.

Recover/repair a corrupt AES-128 encrypted sparse image

Your passphrase gets thru a method called pbkdf2. Besides that, it appears the biggest vulnerability of FileVault comes from poor password choice, a glossary being the vilefxult attack vector. This function generates the bit key needed using your passphrase. Please note by “corrupt image” I don’t mean necessarily “corrupt filesystem” which may additionally be the case, but it is only indirectly handled here. This will reduce the risk of corruption dramatically. Useful decryption tool included in http: They are compiled as stated above, from the original sources, without any modification:.

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If I’m not mistaken—and being an AOLperson that is always a possibility—you 223c3 actually have the trillion years of protection that Apple’s hyperbole-loving marketing department tosses out there blithely.

Last but NOT least, Apple has by now 2 formats for the header and 2 places for them: Skip to main content Among the topics discussed at the 23rd Chaos Communication Congress was FileVault, the encryption technology in OS X which might be described as “security for the rest of us. So my advice is: If you’re worried about long-term storage and retrievability it of course has the disadvantage of being a proprietary format, which means you would need an OS X machine to decrypt those disk images.

Another good source of information on mounted disks is Disk Utility. You must login or create an account to comment.

23C3: Unlocking FileVault

I used the source of vfdecrypt, vfdecrypt. For the latter whether it is an image or a real diskthere’s no better tool than Disk Warrior. They neglected to ship a makefile for vfdecrypt, but it’s really straightforward to compile.

Of course, whether or not it’s a good idea to base encryption on a technology vulnerable to the inelegant dismounting of a disk image, such as during a power outage, is another discussion, one best had with a UPS and battery backup. As You can see from the above, both headers have a string to recognize them: Using vfdecrypt I could successfully decrypt an encrypted. Nonetheless, it appears that the conclusion at 23C3 is that FileVault is relatively vilefahlt, provided it is used correctly.

Be sure to seek to the position where you found the string, minus Replace names in the first two lines or rename your images accordingly. But see below, on how to seek your hard disk for a vliefault header.


In other words, an open implementation that allows you to read encrypted disk images on other operating systems. For those who don’t know, FileVault functions by creating a sparse image of the Home directory and encrypting it using AES and bit keys. Without even the possibility to repair it somehow!? If You have “my computer” icon in the Finder prefs activated, you will find it there. The new format version 2 introduced with Mac OS X To do this, the best thing is to write a script in perl, php, or a program in C, which reads your hard drive partition device the one containing the broken image, e.

If the result is “1” then you have a version 2 header, which is at the beginning. Or even smarter, as G. Important note as of September But this actually happens only for new images.

Rayit seems that if the backup sparseimage from which you take the “header” has a virtual size lower than the one with the broken header, although you will be able to vklefault it and see the complete contents after the following operation, you will still vjlefault unable to access the contents of files which are stored after the size of the working backup. Didn’t have this case and I hope to never have it