new widgets...

Marc Mutz Marc.Mutz at
Thu Sep 26 22:44:54 BST 2002

On Thursday 26 September 2002 23:26, Neil Stevens wrote:
> On Thursday September 26, 2002 02:19, Marc Mutz wrote:
> And what exactly do you hope to achieve by wiping?  Do you think it
> will thwarting a hostile superuser?  Do you think it will protect
> your system from someone with physical access to your memory and hard
> disk?

You can't protect from root. If you try that, you have not understood 

You can, however, (try to) prevent the passphrase from being written to 
disk by swapping. Memory can effectively be wiped. Disks cannot. What 
was written to disk can still be recovered after hundreds of 
consecutive writes.


The illegal we do immediately.
The unconstitutional takes a bit longer.            -- Henry Kissinger
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