OS X El Capitan Encryption Scheme Open Source?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by theprizerevealed, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. theprizerevealed macrumors member

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    hi,

    I wonder if the code for OS X El Capitan full disk encryption is open source so that the public can examine the code and the method for implementing the mathematics of the encryption algorithm? If not then how can we know that everything Apple says isn't political theater?

    I know that the code responsible for implementing the encryption algorithm and mathematics for the open source linux community is available for the public and qualified software and encryption engineers to examine to guarantee that there are no flaws or backdoors - debian software being a good example.

    I know that Apple uses some open source software from Unix and BSD and Darwin and others, but that fact alone does not address my concerns about the encryption software code.

    So what's the truth about the heart of the matter here? Is all of this political theater and we must rely on Apple's word or can we check for ourselves? thanks
     
  2. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    Don't forget the third option - that it's secure and we just have to take Apple's word for it.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://www.apple.com/opensource/

    I don't see anything that Apple has released open source related to FV2, so at this point I think you just have to take their word for it.
     
  4. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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  5. theprizerevealed thread starter macrumors member

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    If one wanted to be assured that the apple computer was encrypted truly and fully, is it possible to somehow take the encryption software used in the linux community (such as for debian) for full disk encryption and install it into OS X?

    So that you could encrypt doubly the entire harddrive - then when you started the computer you would see a password prompt such as truecrypt provided for full disk encryption? thanks for your help
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    There is no way anything third party like that will be able to work with the full disk and have it still be bootable. FileVault2 is going to be your only option there. But you could use an open source project like TrueCrypt (although it looks like development has stopped) to encrypt one partition on the Mac's drive, then store your personal data on there.
     
  7. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, TrueCrypt was abandoned under mysterious circumstances. However, there is a new TrueCrypt fork project, VeraCrypt.

    https://veracrypt.codeplex.com
     

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