Mailing List Archive

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [tlug] Dropbox Linux Client free))

On 2019-06-07 16:42 +0100 (Fri), Darren Cook wrote:

> Yeah, that was just the problem I had personally with it. The home
> directory partition type (on the machine where Dropbox started
> complaining) shows as "ecryptfs", even though it is "ext4" underneath that.

Right. I'm guessing you're using the "encrypt home directory" option
of Ubuntu. IIRC, at login this creates a loopback mount on
`/home/$user` giving access to the cleartext versions of the files
it's storing under `/home/$user` on the underlying ext4fs.

I'm not going to go into a huge security analysis here (that will cost
you a beer and a half hour of your time for in-person "consulting"),
but for situations where you're the only user of that host (which you
really, _really_ want to be when you have data you're concerned about
keeping secure) you should be using cryptfs (full disk encryption). If
you're doing that, adding an ecryptfs home dir on top of that adds
little. So it is quite possibly reasonable for you just to turn off
this feature.

Curt J. Sampson      <>      +81 90 7737 2974

To iterate is human, to recurse divine.
    - L Peter Deutsch

Home | Main Index | Thread Index

Home Page Mailing List Linux and Japan TLUG Members Links