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[KIA]aze 05-03-2007 04:48 AM

Ext2IFS: is it possible to hide Linux partitions?
 
I was wondering how safe using the ext2IFS driver is.
When installed on Windows, I can see all my Linux partitions, including the root partition, and have read/write access to it.

How dangerous is this?

And is there any way of not mounting those partitions by default? or hiding them completely?

win32sux 05-03-2007 06:39 AM

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Originally Posted by [KIA]aze
I was wondering how safe using the ext2IFS driver is.
When installed on Windows, I can see all my Linux partitions, including the root partition, and have read/write access to it.

the fact that this is a Windows question gets this moved to General...

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How dangerous is this?
well, considering that Extfs.sys gets installed in kernel-mode, and the read/write filesystem becomes available to any app, then that would be VERY dangerous for your Linux partition... basically, you've just made your Linux install's integrity depend on your Windows install's security... any attacker able to execute code on your Windows machine will have access to your Linux partition (sans some type of permissions scheme)...

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And is there any way of not mounting those partitions by default? or hiding them completely?
not sure about the not mounting by default (i'm sure someone else knows, though), but i remember when i used windows i used to have this bootloader which would let you hide partitions and stuff... i don't remember its name but it sounded Indian, probably made by a guy in India... plus, laptop manufacturers commonly provide hidden partitions next to the regular Windows partitions, so yeah, it can be done for sure... the way to do it is probably just a google away...

enine 05-03-2007 06:58 AM

I beleive if you unmount a file system then the next time you boot it won't be mounted, i.e. it remembers the previous mount state.


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