I am looking for a utility to encrypt certain directories in Linux. I am not looking for any full disk encryption services, but simply to encrypt a few directories for the purposes of storing files in the cloud. Once retrieving them, I should have to decrypt them before they can be accessed. Looking to do this for a couple of directories (a few hundred GB in size). Any ideas? Preferably CLI based.
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I use just GnuPG for this task. The folders get first packed into a TAR-GZ archive:
If not already done, you need to create a GPG private/public key-pair first:
Follow the instructions. The defaults should be sufficiant for a first test. Something like this will appear:
gpg (GnuPG) 2.0.18; Copyright (C) 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law. Please select what kind of key you want: (1) RSA and RSA (default) (2) DSA and Elgamal (3) DSA (sign only) (4) RSA (sign only) Your selection? 1 RSA keys may be between 1024 and 4096 bits long. What keysize do you want? (2048) 4096 Requested keysize is 4096 bits Please specify how long the key should be valid. 0 = key does not expire = key expires in n days w = key expires in n weeks m = key expires in n months y = key expires in n years Key is valid for? (0) Key does not expire at all Is this correct? (y/N) y GnuPG needs to construct a user ID to identify your key. Real name: File Encryption Key Email address: email@example.com Comment: File Encryption Key You selected this USER-ID: "File Encryption Key (File Encryption Key) " Change (N)ame, (C)omment, (E)mail or (O)kay/(Q)uit? o
You will be asked for a passphrase to the key. It's highly recommended to use a strong one. It is not needed for encryption of files anyway, so don't be worried about the batch use later.
If everything is done, something like this will appear on your screen:
We need to generate a lot of random bytes. It is a good idea to perform some other action (type on the keyboard, move the mouse, utilize the disks) during the prime generation; this gives the random number generator a better chance to gain enough entropy. We need to generate a lot of random bytes. It is a good idea to perform some other action (type on the keyboard, move the mouse, utilize the disks) during the prime generation; this gives the random number generator a better chance to gain enough entropy. gpg: key FE53C811 marked as ultimately trusted public and secret key created and signed. gpg: checking the trustdb gpg: 3 marginal(s) needed, 1 complete(s) needed, PGP trust model gpg: depth: 0 valid: 1 signed: 0 trust: 0-, 0q, 0n, 0m, 0f, 1u pub *****/******** 2013-03-19 Key fingerprint = **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** uid File Encryption Key (File Encryption Key) sub *****/******** 2013-03-19
Now you may want export the public keyfile for importing it on other machines:
Now I'm using GnuPG on the newly created archive:
You now have a
You can decrypt it with the following command (you will be asked for your passphrase):
That's the whole magic.
Make sure you back up your key! And never forget your passphrase! If not backed up or forgotten, you have gigabytes of data junk!
Backup your private key with this command:
For my part, I mainly use two methods:
First method: tar and openssl
Tar the directory
You can remove the [v] switch from the tar command to switch off the verbose mode.
You can change aes-128-cbc to any other cipher method openssl supports (openssl --help).
It will ask for the password.
Second method: encrypted zip
It will ask for the password.
One advantage of this: it will better operate with windows based system.
If you don't want to encrypt your files with a public/private key pair and use just symmetric encryption with a pass phrase instead, use the following command:
You will be asked for your pass phrase. After that an encrypted file named
To decrypt use the command
You can use truecrypt very simple and nice solution. It has package for console only use. It's very simple to learn and use. http://www.truecrypt.org
For such purpose I would suggest FUSE encryption (such as encfs) - for smaller data I would use gpg.
It is fs implemented in user space so you don't need any special privileges.
There are some Linux filesystems destined for data encrypting purpose. Have you already thought about LUX e.g.?
A very simple way to encrypt one file is:
You'll be asked for a passphrase twice, and gpg will create
Which will recreate