TrueCrypt - End Of Life

vbimport

#1

TrueCrypt,a wideknown and until this day,uncrackable encryption program suddenly stops developement:

On 28 May 2014, the TrueCrypt official website began redirecting to the SourceForge domain with a HTTP 301 “Moved Permanently” status, displaying a page featuring a warning that the software may contain unfixed security issues, and that development of TrueCrypt was ended “in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP.” The message noted that more recent versions of Windows have built-in support for disk encryption using BitLocker, and that Linux and Mac had similar built-in solutions, which the message states renders TrueCrypt unnecessary. The page recommends any data encrypted by TrueCrypt be migrated to other encryption setups and offered instructions on moving to BitLocker. The SourceForge project page for the software was updated to display the same initial message, and the status was changed to “inactive”.The page also announced a new software version, 7.2, which only allows decryption. As of May 29, 2014, the authenticity of the announcement and new software has not been confirmed. Multiple theories attempting to explain the reason behind the announcement arose throughout the tech community. There have been proposals for a software fork most notably by the crowdfunded security audit team and truecrypt.ch.

According to Gibson Research Corporation, the company founded by programmer Steve Gibson, Steven Barnhart wrote to an email address for a TrueCrypt Foundation member he had used in the past and received several replies from “David.” According to Barnhart, the main points of the emails were that the TrueCrypt Foundation was “happy with the audit, it didn’t spark anything”, and that the reason for the announcement was that "there is no longer interest [in maintaining the project

I don’t buy that…:disagree:
I think there are other interests involved,after all,the governement was not so happy with the program,as it was open source so the code could be audited for backdoors by everyone with the proper skills.
And now the developers suddenly release a last version, v 7.2 that only can decrypt…:confused:


#2

They must have been too much of an annoyance to some three-letter-agency.


#3

[QUOTE=roadworker;2728638]The message noted that more recent versions of Windows have built-in support for disk encryption using BitLocker, and that Linux and Mac had similar built-in solutions, which the message states renders TrueCrypt unnecessary.[/QUOTE]

Sure, Windows and Mac have built-in web browsers, so does that render Firefox, Chome, Opera and other web browsers unnecessary? :confused:


#4

What a shame.

But, it was unevitably… the NSA itself is/was involved in that many “de/crypting solutions”, but not all…


#5

So assuming the latest/greatest version includes a (ahem) backdoor, does anyone here know a reason why any older version of it will not continue to function indefinitely?


#6

[QUOTE=DukeOfUrl;2728739]does anyone here know a reason why any older version of it will not continue to function indefinitely?[/QUOTE]

No-1 knows how future operating systems will act,so the indefinite functionality is not predictable…:disagree:…and about today’s limitations,TrueCrypt 7.1a doesn’t support full disk encryption for systems which use UEFI bios.
But you can still encrypt external devices with it,or change your bios to a master boot record bios for FDE…:slight_smile:


#7

[QUOTE=DukeOfUrl;2728739]So assuming the latest/greatest version includes a (ahem) backdoor, does anyone here know a reason why any older version of it will not continue to function indefinitely?[/QUOTE]