View Full Version : [ubuntu] Encrypt only the home folder

March 29th, 2009, 01:06 PM
[Actually I wanted to comment on this thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=238867&page=2) but I couldn't so opening another one]

I tried this guide https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EncryptedHomeFolder with my Intrepid but I assume it's outdated, even though it was updated this month.

I did the following:

sudo aptitude install libpam-encfs fuse

sudo modprobe fuse
echo "fuse" | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

All fine up till here offcourse

Then I should add the following to /etc/pam.d/common-auth:

auth sufficient pam_encfs.so
auth requisite pam_unix.so nullok_secure use_first_pass
auth optional pam_smbpass.so migrate use_first_pass

There is no comment about those that are already there. I assume the following need to be commented out then?

#auth [success=1 default=ignore] pam_unix.so nullok_secure
#auth requisite pam_deny.so
#auth required pam_permit.so

"Configure the encfs PAM module" isn't written clear:
/ect/security/pam_encfs.conf is the configuration file for the pam_encfs.so we just added to common-auth. Change "allow_other" to "nonempty".
* $ sudo gedit /etc/security/pam_encfs.conf

There is no sign of common-auth or pam_encfs.so in my conf file so what should the content of pam_enfs.conf then actually be?

Mine is currently as follows:

encfs_default --idle=1
fuse_default allow_root,nonempty
- /home/.enc - -v allow_other

I assume the following line is incorrect
* $ sudo useradd testuser fuse

and should be:
* $ sudo adduser testuser fuse

Does someone have a complete (and not an outdated one) tutorial for an encrypted home folder?