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ESFS - The encrypted steganography filesystem
From: Tomás Touceda <chiiph () gentoo org>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:08:38 -0300

Hello everyone,

I wanted to announce this little pet project that was born a couple of
weeks ago, and now it sees the light in the form of a proof of
concept, in hopes that it'll become a fully featured filesystem.
Here's an extract of the main README text:


What's this?

Just like the title says, it's a filesystem. Particularly, it's a FUSE
filesystem that's implemented entirely in Python (for now), and it's a
proof of concept in alpha state, so don't save stuff only within this
filesystem just yet. A couple of weeks ago, I started reading about
and playing with encrypted filesystems (LUKS + dmcrypt, encfs, etc). I
came across an email (actually, a friend of mine tossed me the link)
from the now well-known Assange, about a Linux kernel module he and
other people were working on that provided different layers of
encryption in a filesystem, so you can say "oh, yes, I have encrypted
data in here", but in a deeper layer you'd have more encrypted data,
with another key, and nobody but you would know about it. And I
thought it was a really cool idea. I started looking for the code, but
it was too old to be used with the current kernel. A couple of days
before that, I read about StegFS, a filesystem that uses steganography
to hide your files within your other files. And again, I thought it
was a really cool idea, BUT I didn't like the fact that (and please
correct me if I'm wrong) when you copied a file in StegFS, there's a
chance you'll lose some other file. So, this one is usable, but this
drawback didn't suit me. I started bouncing ideas with a lot of
friends, and then it hit me: a filesystem, hides its data in images
and encrypts this data. I wanted to build a FUSE filesystem since I
first learned about it, so I finally had an idea to work with. This
idea gives you the same advantages of Assange's kernel module: you
have a bunch of images that seem like regular files, but when you
mount the filesystem with certain parameters BAM! you have lots of
files that nobody knew were there.


You can find the rest of this README, a more detail design document,
and the actual code in: https://github.com/chiiph/esfs

If you find any bugs, please let me know.
Any comments and critics are more than welcome.

Tomás Touceda
Gentoo Developer
Herds: Qt, Scheme, Lisp

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