JSI Tip 3827. Microsoft releases newer Cipher.exe for EFS.


Windows 2000 includes Cipher.exe, a command line tool to manage encryption using EFS ( Encrypting File System).

A newer version (June 2001) of the tool provides the ability to permanently overwrite (or "wipe") all of the deleted data on a hard disk. This improves security by ensuring that even if an attacker gains complete physical control of a Windows 2000 computer, they would be unable to recover previously-deleted data.

NOTE: You MUST install Cipher.exe by using the installer package instead of copying the new version of Cipher.exe to your computer. If you copy Cipher.exe file, it will likely destroy all the data on your disk.

NOTE: You MUST close all programs before your run Cipher.exe.

Microsoft says:

"Cipher.exe is not a cure-all that makes it safe to store sensitive data in a plain-text format. Although you can use this tool to remove sensitive data from a drive, if best practices are followed, such data would not normally be created on the drive. For additional information about these best practices, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q223316 - Best Practices for Encrypting File System."

To use Cipher.exe to overwrite all deallocated data:

1. Close all programs.

2. Open a CMD prompt and type:

cipher /w:<Path to Folder Name you Wish to Clean>

NOTE: See tip 2518 - The CIPHER command.

For additional information about EFS, search this site, and visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/periodic/period00/EFS.htm.

Download the appropriate file:

English (US):
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_US.exe.

Arabic:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_AR.exe.

Chinese (Simplified):
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_CN.exe.

Chinese (Traditional):
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_TW.exe.

Czech:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_CS.exe.

Danish:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_DA.exe.

Dutch:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_NL.exe.

Finnish:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_FI.exe.

French:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_FR.exe.

German:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_DE.exe.

Greek:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_EL.exe.

Hebrew:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_EW.exe.

Hungarian:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_HU.exe.

Italian:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_IT.exe.

Japanese:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_JA.exe.

Japanese (NEC):
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_nec_JA.exe.

Korean:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_KO.exe.

Norwegian:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_NO.exe.

Polish:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_PL.exe.

Portuguese:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_PT.exe.

Portuguese (Brazil):
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_BR.exe.

Russian:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_RU.exe.

Spanish:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_ES.exe.

Swedish:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_SV.exe.

Turkish:
Download Q298009_w2k_sp3_x86_TU.exe.
Q298009_W2K_SP3_x86_en.exe contains the following files:
   Date         Time   Version        Size     Filename
   ------------------------------------------------------
   May-30-2001  16:25  5.0.2195.3653   36,112  Cipher.exe
   May-26-2001  07:48  5.0.2195.3649  512,272  Ntfs.sys 
Release Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2001



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