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My colleagues have written a comprehensive step-by-step guide to enabling disk encryption in your choice of RHEL 5.2 or SLES 10 SP2. This is pretty much as easy as it gets. If you have questions or comments about the paper, they also have an online forum for security discussions. I suggest the PDF version which packages the whole (short) paper up into a single, easily consumable whole.

This document is just the first of the new series of “Linux blueprints” (step-by-step guides for accomplishing specific tasks with Linux) which will be published on the IBM Systems Information Center (Info Center).

Enjoy!

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 was released today. That is significant news in and of itself, but I am especially excited because it contains Technology Previews of eCryptfs, TrouSerS, and tpm-tools! As Technology Previews, they are not yet supported for production use, but this is the first step to allow for experimentation and time for ripening. I’m happy to see Red Hat’s continued dedication to security. If you try these packages out in RHEL, I’d love to hear of any successes or problems that you encounter.

[1] http://www.press.redhat.com/2008/05/21/red-hat-enterprise-linux-52/
[2] http://ecryptfs.sourceforge.net/
[3] http://trousers.sourceforge.net/