Protecting against EFS based attacks

Thursday, 7 September 2006, 12:41 PM EST

Encrypting File System (EFS) is integrated in Microsoftís Windows platform since Windows 2000. Additionally, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2005 Media Center operating systems also support it. EFS uses public key cryptography that makes use of a userís account login and password pair to encrypt a private key. The private key is used to encrypt the original data (files or folders). Encrypting any files or folders, in the supported operating systems, is a trivial task and can be done in many ways.

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