[PLUG] No partition table for file erasure

Elliott Mitchell ehem at m5p.com
Sun Sep 12 21:17:02 PDT 2004


>From: Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com>
> On Sun, 12 Sep 2004, D. Cooper Stevenson wrote:
> 
> > Yes.  You may wish to consider the secure deletion tools from this live CD:
> >  http://www.sysresccd.org/
> 
>    Thanks, Cooper. I'll look at that sfdisk. I suspect, however, that if the
> partition table is empty it would not be able to restore it unless there was
> an image on the boot cdrom.

With a dead partition table `sfdisk` won't be able to recover things, but
recovery would still be trivial. Doing `dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hd?` will
make things impossible for low-budget attackers, and hard for large
budget (>$100K) attackers.


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