bcrypt - blowfish file encryption
bcrypt [-orc][-sN] file ...
bcrypt encrypts and decrypts files using the blowfish algorithm.
Encrypted files will be saved with an extension of .bfe. Any files
ending in .bfe will be assumed to be encrypted with bcrypt and will
attempt to decrypt them. Any other input files will be encrypted. If
more than one type of file is given, bcrypt will process all files
which are the same as the first filetype given.
By default, bcrypt will compress input files before encryption, remove
input files after they are processed (assuming they are processed
successfully) and overwrite input files with random data to prevent
Passphrases may be between 8 and 56 characters. Regardless of the
passphrase size, the key is hashed internally to 448 bits - the largest
keysize supported by the blowfish algorithm. However, it is still wise
to use a strong passphrase.
-o print output to standard out. Implies -r.
-c DO NOT compress files before encryption.
-r DO NOT remove input files after processing
-sN How many times to overwrite input files with random data before
deleting. The default number of overwrites is 3. Use -s0 to
disable this feature. No effect if -r is supplied.
The -o ,-r ,and -c options each have the opposite effects if the
appropriate settings are altered from the defaults in config.h. To
determine what effect each of these have on your system, run bcrypt
without any options.
Encrypted files should be compatible between most systems. Binary
compatibility has been tested on all supported systems. There is a list
of supported systems in the README file that was included with this
Probably. If you find that it will not compile and run on your system,
or that encrypted files are not compatible with other platforms, its
probably because I don’t have access to the platform in question.
Patches or access to an unsupported machine are welcome.
bcrypt includes Paul Kocher’s implementation of the blowfish algorithm.
The version distributed with bcrypt has been altered. Original sources
are available from http://www.counterpane.com/bfsh-koc.zip