GBDE - GEOM Based Disk Encryption

Poul-Henning Kamp <>

The ever increasing mobility of computers has made protection of data on digital storage media an important requirement in a number of applications and situations. GBDE is a strong cryptographic facility for denying unau- thorised access to data stored on a ‘‘cold’’ disk for decades and longer. GBDE operates on the disk(-partition) level allowing any type of file system or database to be protected. A significant focus has been put on the practical aspects in order to make it possible to deploy GBDE in the real world.