Encrypting piped data with AES
This application/library is for encrypting piped data and was mainly developed to be used with limittar for space efficient data encryption using pipes to remove the need for temporarily storing the potentially large archives and encrypted data.
- Python 3.4+
From the Python Package Index:
pip install aes-pipe
Or download and run:
python3 setup.py install
-h argument for help:
If no key command is specified, the user is prompted for a passphrase.
cat something.tar | aes-pipe > encrypted_tar
Encrypting files spanned across multiple Blu-Ray discs
find /path/photos/ -print0 > files limittar -0 -i files -l remaining1 -s 25025314784 | aes-pipe | cdrskin -v driveropts=burnfree -tao dev=/dev/sr0 - limittar -0 -i remaining1 -l remaining2 -s 25025314784 | aes-pipe | cdrskin -v driveropts=burnfree -tao dev=/dev/sr0 - ...
As the remaining file list is output before the encryption ends, multiple discs can be written to at once.
Note that aes-pipe.py prepends a 32 byte nonce to the encrypted output data in this case which needs to be calculated into the size limit of the tar.
Decrypting files from discs
Using the Blu-Ray discs created in the example above, the following line can be run for each disc.
cat /dev/sr0 | aes-pipe -d | tar -xf -
Files will be output with their original paths.
Decrypt only specific files and directories
This is useful for recovering deleted items from a backup. Until the items are found, this will need to be run on each storage area across which the encrypted data was spanned.
cat /dev/sdX | aes-pipe -d | tar -C path/to/output/dir/ -xf - "path/of/dir in archive/" path/of/a_file.png
Encryption with a GPG public key
Output encrypted key file
cat something.tar | aes-pipe -c "gpg --output encrypted_key.gpg --encrypt --recipient email@example.com" > encrypted_tar
This pipes the encryption key and nonce to the gpg application. This also means that the nonce is not prepended to the encrypted output which means the output data size is the same as the input data size.
Use encrypted key file
cat encrypted_tar | aes-pipe -d -c "gpg --decrypt encrypted_key.gpg" > something.tar
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