|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (August 2010)|
|Original author(s)||Michael Halcrow, IBM LInux Technology Center, Erez Zadok, Michael Halcrow|
|Developer(s)||Tyler Hicks, Dustin Kirkland|
|Initial release||November 30, 2006|
|Stable release||104 / January 23, 2014|
eCryptfs (Enterprise Cryptographic Filesystem) is a package of disk encryption software for Linux. It is implemented as a POSIX-compliant filesystem-level encrypted file system that has been part of the Linux Kernel since version 2.6.19. The eCryptfs package has been included in Ubuntu since version 9.04.
Filesystem-level encryption has certain advantages and disadvantages over full disk encryption. Whereas full disk encryption works at the block-level, requiring an additional file system to be mounted over the top in its own partition, filesystem-level encryption can exist within an existing partition, requiring no specific block area to be set aside for its use. It also allows for encryption to be applied selectively on a per-file or per-directory basis.
- Disk encryption
- Full disk encryption
- Disk encryption software
- Comparison of disk encryption software
- Encrypting File System