Amazon AWS continues to use TrueCrypt despite project's demise

Importing and exporting data from Amazon Simple Storage Service requires TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt remains the only way to encrypt Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) data when using the AWS Import/Export tool, two weeks after the popular encryption software was abruptly discontinued by its creators, supposedly for security reasons.

According to Amazon Web Services (AWS) online documentation, "TrueCrypt is the only device encryption supported by AWS Import/Export." On a separate page about AWS security, Amazon says that: "AWS only ships devices out of AWS facilities if the device is completely erased or the device only contains data encrypted by AWS. For import jobs, we erase devices after job completion. For export jobs, we will always encrypt the data being exported onto the device. We use TrueCrypt software for encryption."

The authors of TrueCrypt, whose identities remain unknown, ended the project on May 28 with a sudden message warning users that "using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues." The project's home page advised users to switch to encryption technologies integrated directly into modern operating systems like BitLocker Drive Encryption in recent versions of Windows or FileVault in Mac OS X.

TrueCrypt version 7.2, which can only be used to decrypt data, was released at the same time as the announcement about the end of the project, and all previous versions that included encryption functionality were removed from the project's repository.

The authenticity of the announcement has been questioned by some users and several possibilities were advanced, including that it was fake and posted by hackers or that the authors were identified by a government and forced to shut the project down.

The Open Crypto Audit Project (OCAP), a community initiative that was in the process of analyzing the security of TrueCrypt when its development was discontinued, set up a repository this week with verified builds and source code for TrueCrypt 7.1a, the last version of the software to include encryption.

OCAP plans to complete its TrueCrypt audit, which is now in phase two and involves analyzing the software's cryptographic functions. The first phase, which involved searching for vulnerabilities in the program's critical components like its Windows kernel code, the bootloader and the filesystem driver was completed in April with no critical issues being identified.

Amazon.com did not immediately respond to an inquiry seeking information on whether it plans to support other data encryption technologies for the AWS import/export feature aside from TrueCrypt in the future.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Amazon Web Servicesamazon.comsecurityencryptionOpen Crypto Audit ProjectExploits / vulnerabilitiesdata protection

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Lucian Constantin

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?