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Here is a list of tools for secure deletion of data stored on hard discs. Note that the security of these tools has not been well-established. They might prove vulnerable to a much greater extent than advertised by the authors.

Do also note that the need to use such tools at all on modern disks is disputed. Also, remember that copies of the data may be stored in temporary/cache files, file system slack (old data in partly used blocks), bad blocks, file system journals and other places.

Tools in Ubuntu

main

Package

Command name

Upstream author

Downloaded from

coreutils

shred

Colin Plumb; The GNU Project

probably http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/

universe

Package

Command name

Upstream author

Downloaded from

wipe

wipe

Berke Durak <berke@ouvaton.org>

http://lambda-diode.com/software/wipe

secure-delete

srm, sswap, smem

van Hauser <vh@thc.org>

http://www.thc.org

Guides

http://www.techthrob.com/tech/securedelete.php

Tools not in Ubuntu

Package

Command name

Upstream author

URI

srm

srm

Matthew D. Gauthier

http://srm.sourceforge.net

wipe

wipe

Tom Vier <nester@users.sf.net>

http://wipe.sourceforge.net

dban

N/A

Darik Horn

http://dban.sourceforge.net

sterilize.c

sterilize

Colin Plumb

http://lkml.org/lkml/1998/12/22/43


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SecureDeletion (last edited 2009-07-30 17:17:49 by enhickman)