Upgrading to TrueCrypt 5.0a

On Feb 12, 2008, TrueCrypt version 5.0a has been released. It has several fixes for the previous version, TrueCrypt 5.0. I don’t notice TrueCrypt latest release because I don’t check Internet regularly anymore.

Several features that I found very interesting in TrueCrypt version 5.0 are :

  • It has GUI for the Linux version
  • XTS mode of operations
  • Ability to encrypt system partition/drive (for Windows)
  • It now has a Rescue Disk for restoring damaged encrypted system partition
  • It is using SHA-512 for creating volume
  • TrueCrypt for Linux no longer affected by the changes of Linux kernel. A very cool feature. :D

You can read the other features in TrueCrypt site.

Here are the steps I took to upgrade my previous TrueCrypt (version 4.3a).

– Extract truecrypt tarball :

tar xvzpf truecrypt-5.0a-opensuse-x86.tar.gz

– Change to the latest truecrypt directory :

cd truecrypt-5.0a/

– Upgrade truecrypt on my system :

  # rpm -Uvh truecrypt-5.0a-0.i586.rpm  Preparing...             ########################################### [100%]     1:truecrypt              ########################################### [100%]

Here is the TrueCrypt GUI in Linux, amazing :

truecrypt-01.png

BTW, the window’s size displayed is not adjustable.

In this version, you can also see TrueCrypt on your taskbar :

truecrypt-02.png

Right-click to see the menu :

truecrypt-03.png

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