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Encrypting swap (OS-dependent)

by rkrieger (Friar)
on Jan 21, 2007 at 17:01 UTC ( #595778=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Can I do secure memory management in Perl scripts for cryptographic applications?

If you're worried about what ends up in swap, you may want to check whether your OS offers functionality like the following:

In OpenBSD, the sysctl(8) command allows you to instruct the OS to encrypt the pages to go to swap. See the man pages for more information on that feature.
Resulting in the (shell) command of:
$ sudo sysctl -w vm.swapencrypt.enable=1 vm.swapencrypt.enable: 0 -> 1
Granted, it relies on your OS' feature set and it's not done in Perl. Still, it may alleviate your concerns.

Cheers,

Rogier
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