Announcement - rsyncrypto 0.02 released
rsync at shemesh.biz
Sun Feb 6 11:32:47 GMT 2005
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rsyncrypto is a utility that encrypts file in a rsync friendly way.
Small changes to the plain text file will result in small changes to the
cypher text file. The encryption takes place as a preprocessing step to
rsyncing the content, and is performed entirely on one side of the
connection. The other side need not have any method to decrypt the files
The encryption used is AES with any block size (256 bits by default),
and the file key is encrypted using RSA. The encrypting machine need not
have the RSA private key in order to prepare the files for rsyncing
(encryption). It can also perform decryption without the private key,
assuming meta-information (stored in a different file) is not lost. If
this meta-information file is lost, it can be recovered with the use of
the RSA private key.
rsyncrypto uses the same basic method used in gzip's "rsyncable" patch
to restart blocks from the original IV, thus localizing plain text
changes in the cypher text.
Version 0.02 is still marked "alpha", though it has passed regression
tests, and is fairly reliable in decrypting and encrypting the files.
rsyncrypto is written in C++, and is available under the GPL. Please
feel free to visit the project's summary page at
Thanks, and sorry about the noise,
Lingnu Open Source Consulting ltd.
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