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FatDog64 LUKS Encrypted - Thumb Boot NAS
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Dec 2016, 16:09    Post subject:  FatDog64 LUKS Encrypted - Thumb Boot NAS
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FD64 FlashNAS is for creating LUKS encrypted bootable USB NAS flash drives using Fatdog64.

I got the idea shopping for USB flash drives on Amazon. You can get Sandisk 128GB Ultra Fit's (the size of a sweater button) for around $30 USD. At 128GB, it starts being big enough for serious file storage.

So I figured at that price point it would be cool to make a bootable USB Flash drive that had a LUKS encrypted fat32 partition that created a NAS using Samba that I could use with my Acer AspireOne D257 netbook with an Atom processor ($50 USD on ebay). So I did.

FEATURES: Portability (FD64 and NAS on a dinky USB flash), Secure (LUKS encrypted), The most common file system (FAT32), NAS partition is easily opened by any other OS that supports Crypto_LUKS, The most common network file sharing protocol (Samba/SMB). FlashNAS can be accessed by iPhone, Macs, PC's, Androids, tablets, or anything that networks and supports the SMB file sharing protocol.

The idea is to create a small (2-3G) boot partition at the beginning of a USB flash drive, and leave the rest of the space unpartitioned for use by FlashNAS. A script will configure the remaining space.

So create a small FD64 boot partition with a 512 meg savefile, reboot, install Samba4 and two libraries, then FlashNAS. Instructions are in the readme in "FD64-FlashNAS.README.tar.gz"

Download the "FlashNAS-0.1-x86_64-1j.txz.gz" file and remove the ".gz" extension. Then it will install into Fatdog64.
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Dec 2016, 16:42    Post subject:  

Why FAT32? ... No file permissions issues. It's all handled by Samba config files, instead. Ext2, ntfs, HFS+, etc. all have filesystem permission masks that eventually lead to people not being able to open, change, or save the files. Using FAT32 as the common denominator filesystem eliminates those problems.

Other ways to start FlashNAS? ... You can edit the "FlashNAS-Start" script and put the LUKS password in the NASPWD variable in line 11, then un-comment that line, and comment everything through line 17, and have the password automatically sent to open the encrypted fat32 volume. Use this method only if your savefile is password protected. (At some point there should be a password for your data to be secure. What if you drop your flashdrive while skydiving and someone finds it and picks it up?) For extra credit, after you do this, place a link in Startup for hands-free initialization.

Why use Crypto LUKS? ... AES256 encryption that is tighter than a crab's ass. The NSA can't open it providing it has a strong password of at least 12 characters. There is no back door.
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