Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Software upgrade: version 5.9

Next regular software update (version 5.9) introduces enhanced functions related to secure (encrypted) storage operations. Starting from this release software receives support of more decryption algorithms and support of storages protected using Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS).

New functions include:

  • recognition and support of LUKS-encrypted volumes;
  • password-based decryption of LUKS-encrypted volumes (using classic to Linux password-based access authentication);
  • more supported encryption algorithms (including such popular as AES (Rijndael), Serpent, Twofish, Blowfish etc.;
  • supported more cipher chaining modes, including popular CBC and more secure XTS.
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery now includes "Decrypt using LUKS information" tool.  Using LUKS metadata and valid user password it can decrypt encrypted volume in quite simple way. Raw encrypted storages can also be decrypted by specifying full cipher information (cipher algorithm, block chaining, "salt" method, decryption key).

The software is successfully tested with encrypted Network Attached Storages from popular vendors such as Buffalo and QNAP. Now it allows to recover even encrypted data in automated mode (if encryption key is known).