SecureDrive V1.3c Documentation Edgar Swank <edgar@spectrx.sbay.org> This is a maintenance release of SecureDrive 1.3a.

It mainly fixes reported problems and has minimal new function. See files BUGS13.DOC and BUGS13A.doc. A prototype SecureDrive Version 1.3b was sent to a few people for testing. To avoid confusion, I'm skipping 1.3b for "official" releases. The only visible functional change from 1.3 to 1.3A is the appearance of msg Check bytes in Disk x: Boot Sector need updating from 1.3 to 1.1/1.3A. Proceed? which will be issued by both LOGIN and CRYPTDSK when they attempt to verify a passphrase on a hard disk or diskette encrypted by version 1.3 CRYPTDSK operating in version 1.1 compatability mode. This corrects the error in computing the check bytes used to verify the passphrase and updates the check bytes to the correct 1.1 value and WRITES back the boot sector. Note that once this update has taken place, this disk cannot be decrypted by release 1.3 anymore. The major change to 1.3c from 1.3a is the change of location for the SecureDrive CryptFlag in the boot record and addition of parameters /UCFO and /RCF. Releases 1.3 and 1.3c of Secure Drive are based on releases 1.0 and 1.1, mostly written by Mike Ingle <mikeingle@delphi.com> and version 1.2, with significant new code by myself. The code which we wrote is not copyrighted, but the program contains GNU Copylefted code, and therefore may be freely distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public Licence. See file COPYING for legalese. SecureDrive V1.1 Changes from V1.0 * Two-drives bug fixed. V1.0 would get the drives out of order if you had two physical hard drives. V1.1 fixes this problem. * One-step passphrase change. Instead of decrypting and re-encrypting, you can change the passphrase in one step with CRYPTDSK. * Improved hashing algorithm. V1.0 used a simple MD5 of the passphrase to produce the encryption key. This allowed an attacker to test possible passphrases quickly. V1.1 iterates the hash 2048 times to slow down a passphrase search. Because of the new passphrase hashing algorithm, V1.1 users will need to decrypt your disk with V1.0 and re-encrypt with V1.1 to upgrade. The new algorithm produces a different IDEA key for the same passphrase.

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This may have been unclear in the previous version: V1.0 and V1.1 encrypt one hard drive partition at a time. LOGIN /S will not protect more than one partition. If you log in to a second partition, the first one will not be accessible, and will not be protected from writes. All references to MD5 refer to: RSA Data Security, Inc. MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm (C) 1990, RSA Data Security The IDEA(tm) block cipher is covered by a patent held by ETH and a Swiss company called Ascom-Tech AG. The Swiss patent number is PCT/CH91/00117. International patents are pending. IDEA(tm) is a trademark of Ascom-Tech AG. There is no license fee required for noncommercial use. Commercial users may obtain licensing details from: Dieter Profos, Ascom Tech AG, Solothurn Lab, Postfach 151, 4502 Solothurn, Switzerland, Tel +41 65 242885, Fax +41 65 235761. Ascom IDEA patents: US patent 5,214,703 granted May 25, 1993. EP Patent EP 0 482 154 B1 granted June 30, 1993. JP Patent pending Use this software at your own risk! Send all comments and bug reports to <edgar@spectrx.saigon.com>. Changes for version 1.2 are highlighted by "|" at the right margin. Changes for version 1.3 are highlighted by "+" at the right margin. Many people have sensitive or confidential data on their personal computers. Controlling access to this data can be a problem. PC's, and laptops in particular, are highly vulnerable to theft or unauthorized use. Encryption is the most secure means of protection, but is often cumbersome to use. The user must decrypt a file, work with it, encrypt it, and then wipe the plaintext. If encryption were easy, many more people would use it. SecureDrive is a step in this direction. SecureDrive automatically stores sensitive data on your DOS/Windows system in encrypted form. SecureDrive V1.3 allows you to create up to four encrypted partitions on your hard drive(s). It also allows you to encrypt floppy disks. Encrypted partitions and disks become fully accessible when the TSR is loaded and the proper passphrase entered. The TSR takes only 2.4K of RAM, and can be loaded high. Encryption is performed at the sector level and is completely transparent to the application program. Everything on the disk or partitions except the boot sector is encrypted. Encrypted floppy disks can be freely interchanged with unencrypted ones. Disks and partitions can be decrypted and returned to normal at any time. SecureDrive uses the IDEA cipher in CFB mode for maximum data security. The MD5 hash function is used to convert the user's passphrase into a 128-bit IDEA key. The disk serial number, and track and sector numbers are used as part of the initialization to make each sector unique. + + | | +

SecureDrive is made up of four program files. SECTSR is the memory-resident driver. CRYPTDSK is used to encrypt and decrypt floppy disks and hard drive partitions. LOGIN is used to unlock encrypted disks and partitions by loading the passphrase and disk parameters into the resident module. FPART is a utility for finding starting cylinder & head numbers for partitions. Getting started instructions: If you only have one hard drive partition (C:), you will have to repartition your hard drive if you want an encrypted partition. You can use encrypted floppies without changing your hard drive. You should create a partition(s) large enough to hold all of your sensitive data. For this example, assume the partition is (D:). Put SECTSR, CRYPTDSK, LOGIN, and FPART in a directory which is in your PATH. (Not on the soon-to-be encrypted drive, of course!) Normally re-partitioning a hard drive with FDISK destroys all the data on it, so you would have to back up all your data beforehand. But if you only have one partition now, there is a utility FIPS08.ZIP 84831 07-23-93 Nondestructive hard disk partition split util.

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in cases where LOGIN can't find the partition from the DOS disk letter. This can happen in configurations with more than two physical disks or where special disk drivers are used. You can use the FPART utility to scan physical drive "drive", which are numbers starting from zero, and locate the proper numbers for "cylinder" and "head". Actually, before the partitions are encrypted with CRYPTDSK, LOGIN /S will return a warning message that the partitions are not encrypted, but, as of version 1.3, CRYPTDSK uses SECTSR to protect the drive while it is being encrypted and until the next boot. This is a change from previous versions. V1.0 to V1.2 would not operate on hard disk partitions while SECTSR was in memory. One purpose of having multiple encrypted hard disk partitions is so that up to four users (perhaps members of a family) can each have their own encrypted partition with its own unique passphrase. This allows up to four users to have privacy from each other, even if they all

use the same PC and physical hard disk(s). The partition can have data on it, or it can be empty. Run CRYPTDSK and select the drive letter. Enter a passphrase. CRYPTDSK will now encrypt the partition. It will skip bad sectors. Repeat this for each hard disk partition. If different users are assigned to different partitions, let each of them run CRYPTDSK and enter his own unique passphrase. Now type LOGIN D: (again, assuming drive D:) and enter your passphrase. Your encrypted drive is now accessible. To use an encrypted floppy, use CRYPTDSK to encrypt the floppy. Then run LOGIN /F and enter the passphrase. The encrypted floppy is now accessible. If you entered the wrong passphrase, access will fail with a drive not ready error. As of V1.3, LOGIN will ask you to verify your floppy disk passphrase by inserting an encrypted floppy disk into either the A: or B: drive. You are given the option to bypass the verification. All versions of LOGIN always verify passphrases for hard disk partitions. As of Version 1.2, you may use an operand /PGP with LOGIN, either by itself, or with either operand above. By itself, LOGIN /PGP will prompt for a passphrase and set the PGPPASS environment variable with whatever is entered. As of version 1.3, you can use this form to erase PGPPASS by just pressing Enter (entering a null passphrase) at the prompt. This accomplishes the same thing as LOGIN /C /PGP described below, but -without- clearing the SecureDrive keys in SECTSR. Also, LOGIN /PGP can be run without SECTSR in memory, so it's a good way to set PGPPASS (no echo) even when you're not useing encrypted disks. If PGPPASS is already set then LOGIN D: /PGP or LOGIN /F /PGP will use whatever PGPPASS is set to as the passphrase. For the hard disk partition (and optionally for floppies), LOGIN will test the PGPPASS passphrase. If it is incorrect, then it will prompt you for

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swap disks at any time, as long as all of the disks are encrypted with the same passphrase. You can also access unencrypted disks; SECTSR switches on and off automatically. If you want to access a disk encrypted with a different passphrase, type LOGIN /F again and enter the new passphrase. The same passphrase applies to both floppy drives. As of version 1.3, LOGIN /F will try (if you let it read an encrypted diskette) the currently active hard disk passphrase (if one exists). If you bypass the verification step, then you are asked if you want to use the hard disk passphrase without verification. Decrypting a floppy disk: Run CRYPTDSK. Select the floppy drive. CRYPTDSK will detect that the disk is encrypted, and will prompt you to decrypt it. Enter your passphrase. CRYPTDSK will now decrypt the disk. As of version 1.2, if PGPPASS is set before you run CRYPTDSK, CRYPTDSK will | try the value of PGPPASS for the passphrase before prompting you. | As of version 1.3, CRYPTDSK will also try the active hard disk and floppy passphrases in SECTSR before prompting you. Creating an encrypted hard drive partition: You must have more than one partition, or more than one hard drive. If you encrypt your C: drive, you will not be able to boot from it! If this happens, decrypt it again to restore it. You should create a small D: partition, large enough to store as much sensitive information as you plan to keep on your hard drive. You can also run applications from the secure partition, but there will be some speed loss. Back up your hard drive before installing. Use FDISK to repartition your drive, and set up a small D: drive, which will become your secure partition. You can copy data to it before or after encryption. Run CRYPTDSK and select the letter of the partition you want to encrypt. CRYPTDSK will display the physical drive, head, and cylinder of the boot sector of this partition. You should verify these numbers. Then enter a passphrase to encrypt the partition. This will take a few minutes, depending on the size of the partition and your CPU. You can also describe a partition to CRYPTDSK by its drive,cylinder,head in cases where CRYPTDSK can't find the partition from the DOS disk letter. This can happen in configurations with more than two physical disks or where special disk drivers are used. CRYPTDSK will prompt for these parameters if you enter "X" when it prompts you for DOS disk letter. You can use the FPART utility to scan physical drive "drive", which are numbers starting from zero, and locate the proper numbers for "cylinder" and "head". Note that commas (",") must be used to separate these parameters for CRYPTDSK, while blanks are used for LOGIN. As of version 1.2, if PGPPASS is set before you run CRYPTDSK, CRYPTDSK will | ask to use the value of PGPPASS for the passphrase before prompting you. | Preventing damage to the secure partition, which could be caused by writing + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

to it withot first logging in: Load SECTSR. Run LOGIN D: /S to put the drive in safe mode. This should be done in AUTOEXEC.BAT. Writes will be locked out. A drive not ready error will occur if you attempt to access the encrypted drive. This will prevent DOS programs from reading the drive. Windows behaves rather pathologically: it retries the attempt about a dozen times, and then displays garbage. If this happens, just close the window, log in, and try again. The drive is still protected against writes in Windows. As of version 1.3, you should add LOGIN D: /S statement(s) to AUTOEXEC.BAT and load SECTSR before encrypting your hard disk partition(s). CRYPTDSK will set the partition to Safe mode before beginning to encrypt. (CRYPTDSK itself bypasses SECTSR). Accessing an encrypted hard drive partition: Load SECTSR, if it's not already loaded. Run LOGIN D: where D is replaced by the letter of the encrypted partition. Type the passphrase. Your secure partition is now accessible. Note that only one secure partition can be accessible at a time. You can have encrypted floppies and a secure partition active simultaneously, but you can't have two secure partitions active at the same time. The TSR only stores two cryptographic keys: one for a secure partition, and one for encrypted floppies. Although V1.3 still only allows you to have one secure partition active, up to four may be placed in Safe mode. Each partition may be encrypted with a different passphrase, allowing up to four different users (or groups) to keep data private from each other. Decrypting a hard drive partition: As of version 1.3, it is no longer necessary or desireable to reboot to clear SECTSR out of memory. Run CRYPTDSK, select the drive letter, and enter the passphrase. CRYPTDSK will decrypt your partition. + + + + +

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encryption. You may then run LOGIN again to restore access. Note that this does not erase plaintext from memory; turn the computer off to do this. As of Version 1.2, typing LOGIN /C /PGP will clear the SecureDrive crypto keys from memory AND clear the PGPPASS environment variable. This is done in a manner less likely to leave your passphrase in memory than just using the DOS SET command. In addition, Version 1.2 clears all the free memory it can find, which is likely to include some plaintext. However, if you want to be absolutely sure all traces of sensitive data are erased from memory then turning off the computer is still recommended. Using a disk cache: You can use a disk cache such as SMARTDRV.EXE or NCACHE to speed up access. The cache must be loaded after SECTSR is loaded. A .SYS cache will not work, because it is loaded before the TSR. If the cache is loaded first, it will cache ciphertext and provide little speedup. If the cache is loaded after SECTSR, it will cache plaintext and speed up access. Hazards to avoid: Writing to the encrypted partition or encrypted floppies without logging in. When you load the TSR and put it in safe mode, writes will be locked out. However, if you access an encrypted disk without loading the TSR, the disk can be destroyed. This happened to one of the beta testers. Use safe mode and load the TSR in AUTOEXEC to prevent it. Forgetting your passphrase. With any lock, there is the hazard of losing the key. But cryptography is a special case because there are no locksmiths to save you. If you forget a passphrase, you're out of luck. That data is gone. Using this program without backups. It accesses disks at the low level of the BIOS, and a program bug or an unfriendly interaction between the TSR and an application could scramble your hard drive permanently. Exporting this program. Cryptography is export controlled, and sending this program outside the country may be illegal. Don't do it. The "author" of versions 1.2 and 1.3, Edgar Swank, says that the export ban should not prevent you from placing this program on public BBS's and anonymous FTP sites in the US and Canada. If individuals outside the US/Canada use the internet or international long distance to obtain copies of the program, THEY may be breaking US law. Any such foreign individuals should be aware that US law enforcement may legally (under US law) apprehend individuals who break US laws even if such individuals are not on or even have never been on US soil. Such apprehension may remove such individuals directly to US jurisdiction without benefit of extradition proceedings in such individuals' home country(ies). This has actually happened in at least two cases, Mexico -suspect in murder of US drug agent, Panama -- Noriega -- indicted in absencia for drug smuggling. As is well known, after a small war with Panama, Noriega was brought to the USA, tried and convicted. He is now a guest of the US Government in a Florida prison. Potential security problems: Data leaks: swapfiles and temporary files. Many application programs create | + | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

swapfiles and temporary files all the time. If these files are written to a non-encrypted disk, they will expose your data. This can be avoided by putting the swapfiles and temporary files on the encrypted disk, but this is slow. The best solution is to use a RAM disk or cache the encrypted disk. There are also programs such as Norton WIPEINFO which will wipe empty space. Trojans and viruses: someone could replace LOGIN with a hacked version, or install a specially written Trojan on your system, and capture your passphrase or key. Since the key remains in memory in the TSR, any program could potentially swipe it. The only sure way to prevent this is to make sure that nobody has the opportunity to install such a Trojan. If you have PGP, you can verify that version 1.3c executable modules CRYPTDSK.EXE LOGIN.EXE SECTSR.COM FPART.EXE have not been modified since I compiled them by checking them against the detached signatures included. First add my (Edgar Swank's) public key to your public keyring PGP -ka KEY.ASC Then issue commands PGP PGP PGP PGP CRYPTDSK.SIG LOGIN.SIG SECTSR.SIG FPART.SIG CRYPTDSK.EXE LOGIN.EXE SECTSR.COM FPART.COM + | | | + | | | | | | | +

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Backups: must be encrypted. Use encrypted disks, or use an encrypting compression program such as HPACK and write the encrypted file onto the backup tape. Do not leave unencrypted disks or printouts lying around. An alternative to HPACK is a combination of any compression program (e.g. PKZIP) and PGP. But DON'T rely on the "built-in" encryption of any compression program other than HPACK. CheckWord Offset: Versions of SecureDrive from versions 1.0 to 1.3a have used the 8-byte SYSTEM ID at offset 3 of boot records of encrypted disks to store a "CryptFlag". The first four bytes contain "CRYP" to denote an encrypted disk; the last four characters (offset 7) store a 4-byte checkword used to verify that the correct passphrase had been entered. This checkword is an MD5 digest of the IDEA key and (in Version 1.1) the passphrase. The 128-bit IDEA key is an MD5 digest (iterated in Version 1.1) of the passphrase. The checkword is calculated and stored in the boot sector when the disk partition or diskette is first encrypted. Whevever you enter a passphrase to decrypt or activate the disk, both the key and the checkword are generated. The checkword is compared against the one stored in the boot record as a check that the same passphrase was entered for decryption as for encryption. Note that the boot sector is never itself encrypted. Also note that since MD5 is a "cryptographicly strong" one-way digest function, it is not computationally feasible to find the IDEA key, much less the original passphrase, from the checkword. In hindsight, this was not the best choice of a place for this flag. Apparently, some versions of MSDOS, especially those included with some laptop PC clones, insist that the SYSTEM ID field of the boot sector be ASCII characters, which the checkword is not. Also, the new diskette formatting utility from Spain, 2M/2MF, uses all the SYSTEM ID field for its own purposes. For this reason, the location of the CryptFlag has been move from SYSTEM ID (offset 3) to offset 802 of boot records, as of SecureDrive Release 1.3c. Release 1.3c is upward compatible with previous releases; that is, Release 1.3c can activate (LOGIN), decrypt, or change passphrases (CRYPTDSK) of disks encrypted with SecureDrive Releases 1.3a or before; but you cannot use previous releases of SecureDrive on disks encrypted by 1.3c. You can convert disks encrypted by previous versions of SecureDrive to the new standard CryptFlag offset by using the /UCFO [Update CryptFlag Offset] function with LOGIN (either for hard disk partitions or diskettes). Note that /UCFO will overlay SYSTEM ID (the old CryptFlag) with "MSDOS ", which means that that disk can no longer be activated or decrypted with previous versions of SecureDrive. /UCFO doesn't work if combined with the /S (safe mode) parameter. Changing a disk's password with CRYPTDSK will also update the CryptFlag offset. ATTENTION: Version 1.3b users. See file BUGS13A.DOC for instructions.

Reconstructing a CheckWord: After using some disk repair utility LOGIN and CRYPTDSK may always say you have entered an incorrect passphrase for your encrypted disk, even when you're SURE you used the right passphrase. Or LOGIN and CRYPTDSK may say a disk is unencrypted when it obviously is encrypted. Mike had a report from a user who used some disk utility that re-wrote his boot record, overlaying the checkword (but apparently not the "CRYPT" flag). This is probably a different manifestation of the problem described above. This disk-fixing utility wants to see an all-ASCII SYSTEM ID and will set ASCII where it doesn't find it. You can fix this by using the /RCF [Recover CryptFlag] parameter to LOGIN. This will allow you to activate a disk even if the "CRYP" flag has been overwritten or the checkword doesn't match. You will be asked to enter the passphrase twice. The new checkword will be written at new standard offset 506 which will hopefully avoid a repetition of the problem the next time you use that same utility. You are not allowed to recover the CheckWord if SD10CMP=X, since this setting does now allow LOGIN to compute or check version 1.1 compatible checkwords. Also, if after you enter the checkword, you get garbage when trying to read the disk, change SD10CMP from Y to N (or vice versa) and try LOGIN xxx /RCF again. /RCF also doesn't work if combined with the /S (safe mode) parameter. Note that extreme caution is required when using this parameter. If you force activation of a disk with the wrong passphrase, it's effectively the same as accessing the disk without SECTSR loaded. Any write to the disk would likely make -all- data on the disk partition or diskette unreadable. Placement of SECTSR: If you encounter a problem that CRYPTDSK (and FPART) don't work while SECTSR is installed, try re-ordering device drivers & TSR's which might effect diskette access. Note that CRYPTDSK/FPART will reach below SECTSR to do sector disk I/O, so any TSR's loaded after SECTSR will also be bypassed by CRYPTDSK/FPART. In general, TSR's which assist in reading non-standard formatted diskettes, such as FDREAD.EXE and 2M.COM, should be loaded BEFORE SECTSR. CRYPTDSK and FPART may be used without SECTSR loaded if necessary. Running under Windows: I have been able to get LOGIN to activate disks in a Windows DOS window. However LOGIN /PGP and its variants do not set PGPPASS. SET doesn't work either. + + + + + + +

It's probably better to call LOGIN in your AUTOEXEC for Windows, if possible, and get your disk logged in before loading Windows. I have been able to start CRYPTDSK in the DOS window and it ran fine. But if I switched to another window, it crashed in the middle. I don't see how this can be anything but a Windows problem. Since crashing CRYPTDSK in the middle essentially destroys all the data on the disk, I don't recommend trying to run CRYPTDSK under Windows. Of course, SECTSR must be loaded before Windows. DON'T load SECTSR in a DOS Window. Using SecureDrive with non-standard Diskette Formatting Programs Of course SecureDrive works with diskettes formatted with DOS FORMAT, but many PC users use non-standard formatting programs (and supporting TSR's) to store more data on a diskette than allowed by the standard FORMAT program. One such program, FDFORMAT, with TSR FDREAD.EXE, originated in Germany. The last version (FDFORM18.ZIP) was released in 1991. FDFORMAT allows, for example, storage of up to 820 Kilobytes of data on cheap DSDD diskettes (360 Kilobytes with DOS FORMAT). All Releases of SecureDrive are compatible with FDFORMAT, provided only that SECTSR.COM is loaded -after- FDREAD.EXE. Another program, 2MF, with TSR 2M.COM, has recently been released from Spain as 2M13.ZIP. This program claims to either provide higher storage capacities (902 Kilobytes) or improved access times relative to FDFORMAT. However, 2M recognizes diskettes formatted by 2MF via the SYSTEM ID field in the diskette's boot record; Before Release 1.3c, SecureDrive also used the SYSTEM ID field to test for an encrypted diskette and check for a valid passphrase. So 2MF cannot be used with SecureDrive Releases before 1.3c with encrypted diskettes. If you want to switch between FDFORMAT and 2M diskettes, you must load both FDREAD.EXE and 2M.COM -before- SECTSR.COM. Fortunately, FDREAD and 2M will both load themselves high, and SECTSR can be loaded high with LOADHI. Source code and modifications: SECTSR.ASM is the self-contained source for SECTSR. Use TASM and TLINK /T to assemble it. CRYPTDSK uses SDCOMMON and CRYPT2.OBJ generated from CRYPT2.ASM. It also uses MD5.C, which is from the PGP23A source code. LOGIN uses SDCOMMON and MD5.C. In version 1.2, LOGIN also uses SETENV.OBJ generated from SETENV.ASM. This code is used to set/clear the PGPPASS environment variable. This code sets the enviornment variable in all copies of the environment it can find, so it may work in some situations where the DOS SET command does not. On the other hand, in some early versions of DOS, it may not find the master environment area. Experiment for yourself. Version 1.3 adds the RLDBIOS.ASM module which replaces the C++ library | | | | | | + + + + + +

subroutine BIOSDISK and allows LOGIN, CRYPTDSK, and FPART to access the "real" BIOS without going through SECTSR. The programs were compiled with Turbo C++. Compile them large model. In versions 1.2 and 1.3b a MAKEFILE is provided. If you make any interesting modifications or improvements, send us (Edgar and Mike) mail and a copy of the new code. We hope this program will become popular and will be modified and improved by the net. Miscellaneous: Version 1.3 CRYPTDSK now exits gracefully if an attempt is made to write to a write-protected diskette. Version 1.3 SECTSR has been modified to align the internal stack and some data fields. This may marginally improve performance on 16/32-bit PC's. Note that Version 1.3c CRYPTDSK, LOGIN and FPART -require- use of Version 1.3c SECTSR. Do not mix modules of different versions! (But CRYPTDSK and FPART -may- be run without SECTSR loaded at all).

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