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    Phoronix: TrueCrypt Has Been Potentially Compromised

    The TrueCrypt open-source disk encryption software has been potentially compromised and users are now told to avoid the software...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTcwMzY

  • #2
    This seems very fish.

    I'm going to guess it's BS and the page has just been hijacked. The page uses a redirect, rather than actually being on the website, and it has no reasoning.

    The binaries posted on the page also possibly contain malware.
    Last edited by Britoid; 05-28-2014, 07:05 PM.

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    • #3
      Inside source package, Readme.txt there is also the same warning:

      WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues

      The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated
      support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for
      encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also
      available on other platforms. You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt
      to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform.

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      • #4
        The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated
        support of Windows XP.
        There was planned support for Windows 8 as of 2014-05-24, or so says Wikipedia.

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        • #5
          Do you have any idea how bad this is? This better be false/FUD because this is no laughing matter. Also my subscription to your premium service will also end. If i cannot trust you and you're just gaining bullshit clicks I'll tell everyone to never trust this sites information again.

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          • #6
            Damn

            So, if that turns out to be legitimate, what other alternatives do we have on Linux that works in a similar way? I need a tool that creates an encrypted file-based virtual drive as I am using it to encrypt USB thumbdrives that I may access on more than one machine.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HeavensRevenge View Post
              Do you have any idea how bad this is? This better be false/FUD because this is no laughing matter. Also my subscription to your premium service will also end. If i cannot trust you and you're just gaining bullshit clicks I'll tell everyone to never trust this sites information again.
              What? You're ending your phoronix premium subscription because phoronix reports that Truecrypt is potentially compromised and Truecrypt is telling its users to avoid the software? What part of it was bullshit?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Britoid View Post
                This seems very fish.

                I'm going to guess it's BS and the page has just been hijacked. The page uses a redirect, rather than actually being on the website, and it has no reasoning.

                The binaries posted on the page also possibly contain malware.
                That's a bad assumption to be making; The fact is there has been a group of individuals who wanted TrueCrypt audited, which is exactly what ended up happening, at the beginning of this year [although, it required a lot of work, raising funds, etc to make happen].

                their website[s]; http://opencryptoaudit.org/ && http://istruecryptauditedyet.com/
                indiegogo campaign; https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-truecrypt-audit
                Phase one audit report - by iSecPartners; https://opencryptoaudit.org/reports/...Assessment.pdf

                I'm going to guess it's not BS, given that it has already been demonstrated that TrueCrypt is not secure.

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                • #9
                  https://twitter.com/amidvidy/status/471759299468083200 :
                  TrueCrypt signing key was changed 3 hours before latest binaries were released: http://sourceforge.net/p/truecrypt/a...309d5eeee49ebd

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ninez View Post
                    I'm going to guess it's not BS, given that it has already been demonstrated that TrueCrypt is not secure.
                    LMFAO... this is transparently and obviously BS that a fourth grader could spot.

                    When Heartbleed came out last month, was there an amateur-hour scare announcement on the OpenSSL website to abandon OpenSSL in favor of Microsoft(!!???!?)

                    Real security vulnerabilities in a program... and Truecrypt might have them, just like practically every complex program in existence has, are handled professionally through a disclosure and patching/mitigation process. Ever see "CVE" numbers? (http://cve.mitre.org/)

                    This is basically a hack on a sourceforge website that anyone can see is intended as a bad joke. That host could very well be compromised and any "updated" software that has been through zero vetting process is OBVIOUSLY the malware.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                      So, if that turns out to be legitimate, what other alternatives do we have on Linux that works in a similar way? I need a tool that creates an encrypted file-based virtual drive as I am using it to encrypt USB thumbdrives that I may access on more than one machine.
                      https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...mparison_table

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by chuckula View Post
                        LMFAO... this is transparently and obviously BS that a fourth grader could spot.

                        When Heartbleed came out last month, was there an amateur-hour scare announcement on the OpenSSL website to abandon OpenSSL in favor of Microsoft(!!???!?)

                        Real security vulnerabilities in a program... and Truecrypt might have them, just like practically every complex program in existence has, are handled professionally through a disclosure and patching/mitigation process. Ever see "CVE" numbers? (http://cve.mitre.org/)

                        This is basically a hack on a sourceforge website that anyone can see is intended as a bad joke. That host could very well be compromised and any "updated" software that has been through zero vetting process is OBVIOUSLY the malware.
                        I'm well-aware that this is just a hack on their sf.net account [ it probably isn't a coincidence that SF.net sent out a security notice to all users to reset their passwords just a couple of days ago, due to security / password protection changes in their service ]... But whether or not their account was hacked has NOTHING to do with the audit that has been happening with TrueCrypt... Hell, you even just brought up OpenSSL, having gone through the same thing, after heartbleed [ which was legit.. ie: TrueCrypt is not secure]... and yes, i know what CVE's are - why don't you google "CVE + TrueCrypt + 2014"??? ...

                        fourth grader? go fuck yourself, dumb ass.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                          So, if that turns out to be legitimate, what other alternatives do we have on Linux that works in a similar way? I need a tool that creates an encrypted file-based virtual drive as I am using it to encrypt USB thumbdrives that I may access on more than one machine.
                          TrueCrypt encrypted volume format is well documented and there are FOSS tools that can open and create TrueCrypt volumes.This means the TrueCrypt project may go under but its volume format may still be used by other projects.

                          a project called zuluCrypt[1] makes it possible to create and open TrueCrypt volumes as well as luks volumes using a GUI tool.

                          [1] https://code.google.com/p/zulucrypt/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                            So, if that turns out to be legitimate, what other alternatives do we have on Linux that works in a similar way? I need a tool that creates an encrypted file-based virtual drive as I am using it to encrypt USB thumbdrives that I may access on more than one machine.
                            ...gpg

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                              So, if that turns out to be legitimate, what other alternatives do we have on Linux that works in a similar way? I need a tool that creates an encrypted file-based virtual drive as I am using it to encrypt USB thumbdrives that I may access on more than one machine.
                              luks for entire disks or partitions.

                              ecryptfs for directory hierarchies

                              gpg for single files

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