Announcing: secure "rm" utility

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Robert Krten

Announcing: secure "rm" utility

Post by Robert Krten » Wed Jan 28, 2004 1:57 am

When you "rm" a file from your filesystem, the file contents are still
available on the disk. To securely wipe out the file, you need the
"secure rm" utility. It can wipe a file all to zero before unlinking it:

srm -Xz filename

or, for the really security-minded individual, it can write multiple
copies of randomized garbage over the file before unlinking it:

srm -X8 filename

will write 8 different patterns of garbage over the file.

ALPHA version is available at:

http://www.parse.com/samples/manpages/srm.html

"srm" is intended to replace "rm".

Please report any bugs you may find.

Cheers,
-RK

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