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Re: Encrypted partition backups.

On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 10:31:53 -0700,
  Robin Laing <Robin Laing drdc-rddc gc ca> wrote:
> Encryption to the level of encrypted home directories isn't being used  
> yet.  I asked them if they had any ideas and we agree that for  
> incremental backups, a block diff would have to be done.  Of course,  
> depending on the size of the partition, this could take some time.  I  
> don't know.

It's possibly too late for this, but what threat are you trying to counter
by encrypting by home directores?

Encrypting by partition and leaving them mounted all of the time would allow
administrator access for making incremental backups. Most likely your admins
are already trusted, as they could steal the passphrases needed to unlock the
home directories my modifying the program that prompts for passwords or
pulling keys out of memory. So encrypting home directories to prevent their
access shouldn't be needed from a security perspective. There could be
regulatory reasons you might have to do things that way.

If you are trying to protect the users from accidentally letting other users
see their stuff, there are probably other ways to do this without causing
problems for making backups.

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