VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX (http://www.idrix.fr) and that is based on TrueCrypt.
It adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks.
For example, when the system partition is encrypted, TrueCrypt uses PBKDF2-RIPEMD160 with 1000 iterations whereas in VeraCrypt we use 327661! And for standard containers and other partitions, TrueCrypt uses at most 2000 iterations but VeraCrypt uses 655331 for RIPEMD160 and 500000 iterations for SHA-2 and Whirlpool.
This enhanced security adds some delay only to the opening of encrypted partitions without any performance impact to the application use phase. This is acceptable to the legitimate owner but it makes it much more harder for an attacker to gain access to the encrypted data.
VeraCrypt storage format is INCOMPATIBLE with TrueCrypt format.
Linux/MacOSX releases are PGP signed with key ID=0x54DDD393
- Available for Linux, MacOSX (10.6+) and Windows.
- Increased security and many vulnerabilities fixed compared to TrueCrypt
Excellent fork from truecrypt. Same functionalities and multi platform support and better algorithms for encryption.
To be accepted like the predesscesor truecrypt, will pass a long time, but hope it will be, and not serious bugs will be found. Congrats to the developer for enhacing the key generations througth stronger hashes implementations. Thanks for your excellent work.
Well, this project is in fact based on TrueCrypt. But, while TC uses some aged algorithmic parameters, VeraCrypt adapts them to a more recent context, improving security vastly. The developers reacted quickly on my problem report, so thumbs up!!