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Re: Encrypting Backups
From: Stefan Schumacher (stefannet-tex.de)
Date: Tue Sep 30 2003 - 08:48:15 CDT
* Curt Sampson (cjscynic.net) wrote:
> I currently back up some of my systems by using dump, piping that
> through gzip, and then piping that into an ssh which, on the remote
> machine, terminates in a special script to drop the file in the
> appropriate place on the disk.
I dump my /home to /usr/backup, encrypt it, create a SHA1 hash
and transfer it to my server, where another SHA1 hash is created and
compared with the old one to ensure there were no errors during
> Second, I'd like to encrypt these backups, since it's looking like it would
> be more convenient for me to leave them on a machine which, unfortunatey,
> has a certain amount of public access. Does anyone have any suggestions on
> what to use?
If you just want to use symmetric encryption, I would suggest mcrypt, It's
available on pkgsrc/security and I use it for my backups to, it's fast with
AES-256 and I guess this should be enough.
But you should keep in mind that one single twisted bit can blow the whole
encrypted archive to kingdom come.
Another possibility would be to set up an encrypted directory using
pkgsrc/security/cfs, where your archives are to be stored.
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