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Kali Linux Tutorial – Creating an encrypted folder

How to Create an Encrypted Folder with TrueCrypt / VeraCrypt

Kali Linux – TrueCrypt

During a penetration test, you will have access to sensitive client information, including exploitable vulnerabilities and copies of successfully breached data. It is the tester’s legal and moral responsibility to ensure that this information in his care is secured at all times. The best means of meeting this responsibility is to ensure that all client information is encrypted during storage and transmission.

The latest release of Kali Linux, it’s no longer pre installed with TrueCrypt, it was replaced by VeraCrypt. I’ve tested this and it normally runs similarly to TrueCrypt.

We explain to you how to use TrueCrypt only for education purpose to learn basics about creating an encrypted folder on Kali Linux.

You should download TrueCrypt only if you are migrating data encrypted by TrueCrypt.

WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure

How To Install TrueCrypt on Kali Linux

To install TrueCrypt use this command :

root@kali~# git clone https://github.com/AuditProject/truecrypt-verified-mirror.git

After Downloading all files, we will go to the folder that contain the installer patch:

root@kali~# cd /truecrypt-verified-mirror/Linux

You can list all the file that contained the linux file with ls command, and extract the file:

root@kali~# tar -xvf truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz

If you have a 32 bit system use the x86 file. After extraction, we will change the installer privileges, and run it, and just follow the steps :

root@kali~# chmod +x truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz

root@kali~# ./truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz


How To Use TrueCrypt on Kali Linux

After installing TrueCrypt on you Kali, To create an encrypted folder, open the application. You will be presented with the main menu, as shown in the following screenshot: :

root@kali~# truecrypt

On the main menu, select the Create Volume button. This will launch the TrueCrypt Volume Creation Wizard, as shown in the following screenshot:

Select Create an encrypted file container, and then click on Next.

The next screen will prompt for Volume Type, select Standard TrueCrypt volume, and click on Next.

On the Volume Location screen, select Select File. You will be asked to Specify a New TrueCrypt Volume by providing a Name, and indicating that it will save in the folder specified, as shown in the following screenshot:

Chose a filename. Do not choose a filename related to the client being tested, or which indicates that sensitive material is present in the directory. Use a number or code word to represent the client, and a generic title for results.

Save the file on the desktop, then click on Next.

The next screen will provide you with Encryption Options. Select Encryption Algorithm from the drop-down menu. There are several choices, but for regular purposes, AES (the default 256-bit key) will suffice.

You will also select a Hash Algorithm from the drop-down menu (the default, RIPEMD-160, should be sufficient). After your choices are complete, click on the Next button, as shown in the following screenshot:

You will now be prompted for Volume Size. You should have a minimum size of approximately 500 MB, but this may vary depending on the testing regime. Click on Next.

The Volume Password should be selected according to the rules provided for strong passwords. Select and confirm the password, then click on Next, as shown in the following screenshot:

The next screen allows you to select Format Options. For Filesystem Options select FAT from the drop-down menu. Click on Next.

The next screen, Volume Format, creates a random key for the encrypted filesystem. The key is based on mouse movements, and you will be prompted to move the mouse over the window for a long period to ensure the randomness (cryptographic strength) of the encryption keys. When done,

click on Format to create the TrueCrypt volume.

The final volume has been created. It will appear as an icon on the desktop.

The volume is encrypted, and it can be copied to an external storage device or moved to the host system and remain encrypted.

Use The Encrypt Volume

To use the encrypted volume, you must first choose a Slot to manage the encrypted folder in the main TrueCrypt menu. When this is done, use the Select File button to select the name of the encrypted file. In this case, we’ll use a previously made file called pentest located on the desktop, as shown in the following screenshot:

Click on the Mount button. At this point, you will be prompted for the password, as shown in the following screenshot:

When the correct password is entered, you will see the Slot 1 details change to reflect the encrypted folder’s properties, and a new icon called truerypt1 will be displayed on the desktop, will be displayed on the desktop, as shown in the following screenshot:

If you double-click on the truecrypt1 icon, you will be taken to a File Browser view.
At this point, it will act as a regular directory, and you can use the folder to store all of the test-related information. When you work with the contents of the folder, and wish to ensure that all data is encrypted, select Dismount on the main menu. The folder will revert to an encrypted state.

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