Fast Secure File System Publisher's description
from Nicola Cocchiaro
Fast Secure File System is a secure, distributed, scalable, user-space file system.
Fast Secure File System exports existing directories securely over the network, letting users store and retrieve encrypted data in a scalable and transparent way. FSFS is written in C and works on GNU/Linux systems on x86 and PPC architectures, with help from FUSE and OpenSSL.
File systems are easily the most evident, from the point of view of users, component of an operating system. Through file systems it is possible to organize data in a wide variety of ways, and access resources through a common interface.
Users can nowadays not only store and retrieve documents, but also find information on running processes and system settings (through ProcFS), access and manipulate e-mail (for example with GmailFS), or perform several other operations.
In several circumstances and scenarios it is desirable to protect stored files and directories from manipulation by unknown or malicious users: financial or health-related data, confidential documents, or any kind of personal or sensitive data may need to be stored securely, in such a way that it can not be examined or modified freely by third parties.
Most file systems do not take action in this sense, and external cryptographic utilities are sometimes employed to secure data before storage. While this can be a perfectly secure solution, it is not transparent to users.
Distributed file systems propose efficient ways of accessing data remotely as if it resided on the local machine; when it comes to dealing with securely stored data as in the examples above, care must be taken to preserve confidentiality and integrity also during network transfer.
Not all distributed file systems accomplish this task, weakening the overall security of the system, or do so inefficiently, making it inconvenient for users.
FSFS is a secure, distributed file system in users space, written in C with much help from FUSE and OpenSSL. It lets users store and retrieve data securely and transparently, knowing that it is protected both on permanent
What's New in This Release:This release fixes two bugs. One bug related to socket creation and would cause problems on some systems (namely OpenSUSE 10.2). The other bug related to server configuration creation when using the Python configuration utilities. Users don't need to upgrade to this release if they're not experienci
System Requirements:No special requirements.
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall