gbde and geli - differences
rsmith at xs4all.nl
Tue Mar 20 23:15:06 UTC 2007
On Tue, Mar 20, 2007 at 10:36:19PM +0000, RW wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Mar 2007 19:06:28 +0100 (CET)
> Wojciech Puchar <wojtek at tensor.gdynia.pl> wrote:
> > what they are. both works, both works right.
> > geli has more options.
> > why there are both? what should i use to have better chance i will be
> > able to recover data after say 10 years knowing password?
> I presume it's to do with geli using OpenSSL libraries and so picking-up
> hardware acceleration where available. I think gdbe is being sidelined.
geli uses the crypto(9) framework. Not sure about the OpenSSL libraries.
> > i need both encrypted partition and encrypted copies/DVDs.
> I'd be interested if anyone has a method for creating encrypted DVDs
> that still works.
You can use a UFS filesystem on a DVD. In short:
- create an file with random characters the size of a DVD.
- use that as a vnode backed memory disk with mdconfig.
- initialize and attach that with geli.
- create a new filesystem on the geli device
- mount it.
# dd if=/dev/random of=$HOME/backupDVD.img bs=1m count=4000
# mdconfig -a -t vnode -f $HOME/backupDVD.img
(The name of the md device will be printed on stdout, e.g. 'md0'.)
# geli init -l 256 /dev/md0
# geli attach /dev/md0
# newfs /dev/md0.eli
# mount /dev/md0.eli /mnt/root
Use it. Then:
# umount /mnt/root
# geli detach md0.eli
# mdconfig -d -u 0
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