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KDE Security

Score 82%


Link:  http://
Minimum required   PyKDE/PyQt
Downloads:  4715
Submitted:  Mar 5 2007
Updated:  Dec 17 2007


If you have a notebook, or personal data on your computer, you really need this application.
Encfs is meant to provide security against off-line attacks; ie your notebook is stolen, your backups are stolen. K-EncFS is a frontend to the EncFS encrypting utility.

K-EncFS has the following dependencies:

* python (>=2.3.5)
* python-qt3 (pyQt, >=3.15)
* python-KDE (pyKDE, tested version: 3.11.3)

* EncFS (tested versions: 1.2.4, 1.3.1) and its dependencies:
* FUSE (tested version: 2.6.1)
* RLog (a C++ logging library, tested versions: 1.3.6, 1.3.7)
* OpenSSL (versions 0.9.6, 0.9.7 and 0.9.8 have been tested.)

Visit the following home pages to download these dependencies:
http://arg0.net/encfs or http://encfs.sourceforge.net/

NOTE for Debian users: These utilities are included in Debian. You need not download and compile anything. Do not remove the line inserting fuse from the file /etc/modules! If you use Ubuntu, it must work from Dapper (it has not been tested).

NOTE for openSuSE 10.2 users: Just install encfs with its dependencies! Do not remove the line inserting fuse from the file /etc/modules! If you enter the wrong password, only a short notification will appear in the "Messages" box. It is because of a bug in your distribution packages.

Use the INSTALL and UNINSTALL scripts if the enclosed packages are not match to your system!
If kde-config fails to work, edit the line 23 of the INSTALL and the line 15 of the UNINSTALL file. The variable KDEINSTPREFIX is the installation directory of KDE, e.g. KDEINSTPREFIX="/opt/kde3" or KDEINSTPREFIX="/opt/kde3.5".

If you want to migrate from kencfs to kencfs2, copy the content of the folder pops-up with kencfs to the folder pops-up with kencfs2. Do not move the encrypted folder! The path is a parameter of the encryption method.

Please do a comprehensive test before using this encryption utility!

From the version 2.1, K-EncFS can mount the encrypted file system during KDE startup, so the previous tastks can be restored by KDE. (For more info read the file /usr/local/lib/kencfs2/startkde/readme.startkde)
A known problem if you patch the startkde script:
On SuSE 10.3, the startups screen waits about 1 min. if you use the default splash screen. You can press the left mouse button, or you can choose another splash screen.

----- K-EncFS is released under the license of GPL -----

GILDE project (Graphical Interfaces to Learn Debian Easily).

(C) Big-Cat Software Association, 2007.

The picture file_locked.png is from the iconset SnowIsh-1.0 created by Alexandre Moore (aka Saki), compiled for KDE by Arno Rehn. (SnowIsh for KDE was merged with NuoveXT (from Saki) to fit better with KDE.)


Changelog for version 2.1 (kencfs2)

- K-EncFS starts automatically, if you left it on the systemtray.
- Mount encrypted file system during KDE startup in order to restore your works in the encrypted file system. (Requires editing the startkde script.)

Changelog for version 2.0 (kencfs2)

- Encoding options.
- New folder for encrypted files.
- Improved operation.
- Generic install and uninstall scripts were improved.

NOTE: There are two versions of K-EncFS: kencfs and kencfs2. You can use them simultaneously. Only kencfs2 will be maintained.

Changelog for version 1.1

- Generic install and uninstall scripts were added.
- Tooltips.
- Improved error messages.

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 For gtk, please

 by v01z on: Jul 24 2007
Score 50%

Please, do it for GTK!

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 Re: For gtk, please

 by trisz on: Jul 30 2007
Score 50%

I do not an expert in Gnome/GTK programming, but I have found a software for encfs with Gnome integration:


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 by kaidokert on: Sep 7 2007
Score 50%

Two things i immediately missed after installing:
- ability to set my own mount point, in my case i was used to ~/sources ( dont ask )
- ability to mount the filesystem before the rest of the KDE session is restored during login

For example, if, before logout, i had a Kate session open with several files from the encrypted directory, kate will come up with blank files before i mount the dir. I know this is fundamentally much more difficult to do... maybe if Kencfs was integrated with KDE wallet instead ? KDE wallet seems to behave quite nice with the rest of the apps (Kopete, KMail etc )

Now i am still back to mounting the filesystem from a virtual terminal before actually logging in with KDE.

two bash aliases do the job, one for mounting other for unmounting

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 Re: usability

 by trisz on: Sep 10 2007
Score 50%

You are about to decrease the safety of your protected data. There are options to do this, but it is not included K-EncFS.
EncFS can use your login password for KDE to mount the encrypted file system, but in this case your data is protected by the same way as your computer generally.
Boot from a live CD, change the file /etc/... (stores your password hash), and your encrypted file system is... does not really protect your data.

There is not any other way to restore your kate sessions automatically.

The question: safety or confort?

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 Re: Re: usability

 by kaidokert on: Sep 10 2007
Score 50%

I was not suggesting to use the KDE login password.

Similarly as KDE Wallet does not use the same password as login.

By the way, there is a libpam-encfs package that could probably be used for more flexible authentication option, i did not try to use that yet.

Here is what i am doing right now after bootup:
when kde login comes up, i switch to virtual terminal ( alt+f1 )
login from there
mount the encfs directory using bash alias and input my long-and-secure encryption password
switch back to KDE screen, ALT+F7
KDE will restore my session, including all open files ( CodeBlocks workspaces, Kate files, etc. etc. ) from the secure disk

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 Re: Re: Re: usabilit

 by trisz on: Sep 10 2007
Score 50%

I was talking about libpam-encfs. It uses the KDE login password.
I studied the kwalletmanager on two systems. It works on neither of them. On SuSE 10.2, it does not accept the correct password.
On debian ETCH, I cannot access any folder. Panes are missing...
I cannot apply such a buggy application.
Please explain me, how can you use this application on your system?

EncFS cannot restore anything concerning a KDE session. There are not any feature to do this.

We need an application with the ability of delaying the system tray activation untill you enter your password.
I think, it could not be a KDE application, because it relies on KDE. A KDE application cannot work before KDE starts.
Patching kdm could be a good solution. (Please send the KDE team a feature request!)

I cannot understand your problem with the directories. EncFS uses two directories. One for the encrypted data. You need not acces it directly. The other is a virtual folder, it must be empty before mounting the fs. You cannot pass any data directly into this folder. It is a file system, not separate resistant encrypted files. If you do not like the name of the folder, you can edit the file /media/hdc2/usr/local/lib/kencfs2/kencfs.py.
Change the value of the variables self.user_dot_encrypted and self.user_encrypted! Then, edit the start script /usr/bin/kencfs2!

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 No worky for me

 by praedor on: Nov 1 2007
Score 50%

I had this working on my Mandriva 2007.0 and 2007.1 system but since I upgraded to 2008.0 it no longer works. I installed it after meeting all the dependency requirements but when I try to start it:

/usr/bin/kencfs2: line 52: 22227 Segmentation fault python /usr/local/lib/kencfs2/kencfs.py

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 Re: No worky for me

 by trisz on: Nov 8 2007
Score 50%

The referenced line is a 'fi' tag, I do not understand the problem.

Try from the konsole:
python /usr/local/lib/kencfs2/kencfs.py

What kind of error message appears?

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 Modul Missing

 by unknownkde on: Jan 13 2008
Score 50%


Im using Opensuse 10.2

I get the following message:

ImportError: No module named kdecore

Kdebindings is installed

What went wrong?

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 Re: Modul Missing

 by trisz on: Jan 14 2008
Score 50%

It was tested on SuSE 10.3,
the previous release on 10.2.

The kdecore is the most important part of python-kde. It is not installed, or the wrong version installed (not for SuSE 10.2), the postinstallation script failed...
Try to reinstall it.

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 No worky no more

 by praedor on: Apr 15 2008
Score 50%

I have used kencfs2 for a while but recently have found that it no longer functions. I suspect that perhaps kencfs.py no longer works with the latest version of python...

I have worked through a number of error messages myself but have finally become stymied on this one:

User specific directories for K-EncFS are present
User specific encrypted directory for K-EncFS present
/usr/bin/kencfs2: line 52: 9966 Segmentation fault /usr/local/bin/kencfslink

I have encrypted files but can no longer access them because kencfs2 no longer works.

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 Re: No worky no more

 by praedor on: Apr 15 2008
Score 50%

A bit more info. Here is the end of strace output when trying to run kencfs2:

open("/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sip.so", O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE) = 4
fstat64(4, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0755, st_size=60980, ...}) = 0
open("/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sip.so", O_RDONLY) = 5
read(5, "\177ELF\1\1\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\3\0\3\0\1\0\0\0\0 \0\000"..., 512) = 512
fstat64(5, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0755, st_size=60980, ...}) = 0
mmap2(NULL, 59912, PROT_READ|PROT_EXEC, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_DENYWRITE, 5, 0) = 0xb7a93000
mmap2(0xb7aa1000, 4096, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_FIXED|MAP_DENYWRITE, 5, 0xe) = 0xb7aa1000
close(5) = 0
close(4) = 0
--- SIGSEGV (Segmentation fault) @ 0 (0) ---
+++ killed by SIGSEGV +++
Process 10590 detached

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 Re: Re: No worky no more

 by trisz on: Apr 17 2008
Score 50%

You can mount the encrypted folder from command line:

encfs (your home directory)/.kencfs2/.encrypted (your home directory)/.kencfs2/encrypted -S

Similar problem were reported on 1 of Nov 2007. I uploaded the new version 2.1 on 17 of Dec 2007.
Which version do you use?

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 external drive

 by peewen on: May 3 2008
Score 50%

can use kencsfs2 to external drive(hd usb)?

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 Re: external drive

 by trisz on: May 7 2008
Score 50%

EncFS is not a drive encryption tool.
It is for folders.

In this state of my app you cannot modify the encrypted folder. It could be a future feature.

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