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Thread: Encrypted HD + USB Stick

  1. #1
    Just burned his ISO
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    Oct 2008

    Default Encrypted HD + USB Stick

    Hey Guys,

    I'm looking for something along these lines:

    A file-server with an encrypted hd that needs a USB stick to be inserted before the share can be accessed.

    E.g. to access the files I need to put the USB stick in the actual machine and then enter a password on my client machine.

    Am I dreaming or can someone offer any ideas?

    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010


    Off the top of my head, you could script something that requires the usb key to be auto mounted, and have it run as a cron job, and check to see if:
    1) the USB key is mounted, and

    2) that a particular hash is present on the key after the drive has been inserted (to prevent any USB key from performing the same function)

    Once this is accomplished, you can have samba launch and mount the share. Samba can use passwords naturally.

    If you don't mind my asking though, why so complicated? What is the need for the USB key? You could do just as well with SSH to the target machine to decrypt the file system and launch the required daemons...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007


    What your looking for sounds like a Security-Token.

    Also the 2nd hit on Google is this:

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    Jan 2010


    Dm-crypt luks has this ability. I had a computer doing this with Ubuntu 8.04 for a while.
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