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I'm running FreeBSD and I'd like to have user's files stored encrypted using his/her password, and have seamless SSH access to those files as well (provided that the user always uses password-based authentication).

In Ubuntu this exact process is possible with Encrypted Home Directory.

Is it possible in FreeBSD?

If not, is there any other way to setup encryption of user files transferred via SSH using the password of the user as the encryption key?

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Freebsd has a kernel module, pefs, that can perform filesystem (directory) encryption. has a tutorial on encrypting a user's home directory and tying that to PAM at login.

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pefs currently doesn't work with SSH PAM auth –  RustyX Sep 10 '14 at 10:25

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