Defeating Encrypted and Deniable File Systems: TrueCrypt V5.1a and the Case of the Tattling OS and Applications
Source: University of Washington
The authors examine the security requirements for creating a Deniable File System (DFS), and the efficacy with which the TrueCrypt disk-encryption software meets those requirements. The authors find that the Windows Vista operating system itself, Microsoft Word, and Google Desktop all compromise the deniability of a TrueCrypt DFS. While staged in the context of TrueCrypt, the authors' research highlights several fundamental challenges to the creation and use of any DFS: even when the file system may be deniable in the pure, mathematical sense, they find that the environment surrounding that file system can undermine its deniability, as well as its contents.