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VeraCrypt version 1.16

Rating:        Based on 40 ratings
Reviewed:  30 reviews
Downloads: 575253
Change Set: b62cba5aec02
Released: Oct 7, 2015
Updated: Jan 8, 2017 by idrassi
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

Changes between 1.15 and 1.16 (7 October 2015) :

  • Windows:
    • Modify patch for CVE-2015-7358 vulnerability to solve side effects on Windows while still making it very hard to abuse drive letter handling.
    • Fix failure to restore volume header from an external file in some configurations.
    • Add option to disable “Evil Maid” attack detection for those encountering false positive cases (e.g. FLEXnet/Adobe issue).
    • By default, don’t try to mount using empty password when default keyfile configured or keyfile specified in command line. Add option to restore the old behavior.
      • If mounting using empty password is needed, explicitly specify so in the command line using: /p ""

Changes between 1.14 and 1.15 (26 September 2015) :

  • Windows:
    • Fix two TrueCrypt vulnerabilities reported by James Forshaw (Google Project Zero):
      • CVE-2015-7358 (critical): Local Elevation of Privilege on Windows by abusing drive letter handling.
      • CVE-2015-7359: Local Elevation of Privilege on Windows caused by incorrect Impersonation Token Handling.
    • Fix regression in mounting of favorite volumes at user logon.
    • Fix display of some Unicode languages (e.g. Chinese) in formatting wizard.
    • Set keyboard focus to PIM field when "Use PIM" is checked.
    • Allow Application key to open context menu on drive letters list
    • Support specifying volumes size in TB in the GUI (command line already supports this)

Changes between 1.13 and 1.14 (16 September 2015) :

  • All OSs:
    • Mask and unmask PIM value in GUI and bootloader like the password.
  • Windows:
    • Solve Rescue Disk damaged error when using cascade ciphers and SHA256 for system encryption.
    • Solve option "Cache password in drive memory" always disabled even if checked in preferences.
    • Solve UI language change not taken into account for new install unless a preference is changed.
    • Implement creating file containers using command line.
    • Driver: disable support of IOCTLSTORAGEQUERY_PROPERTY by default and add option to enable it.
    • Driver: Support returning StorageDeviceProperty if IOCTLSTORAGEQUERY_PROPERTY is supported.
    • Support setting volume label in Explorer through mount option or favorite label value.
    • Fix for Hot Keys assignment dialog issue where OEM-233 is always displayed and can't be changed.
    • Always copy both 32-bit and 64-bit executable binaries during install and in Traveler Disk Setup.
      • Traveler Disk will again use 32-bit exe by default while also offering 64-bit exe.
      • On Windows 64-bit, 32-bit exe files are now available(e.g. if needed to use 32-bit PKCS#11 dll)
    • Include Volume Expander in Traveler Disk Setup.
    • Don't offer creating a restore point if it is disabled in Windows.
    • Add possibility to verify a Rescue Disk ISO image file.
    • Minors fixes in the installer, GUI and driver.
  • Linux:
    • Support supplying password using stdin in non interactive mode (contributed by LouisTakePILLz)
      • Example: veracrypt -t ${IMAGE_PATH} ${MOUNT_PATH} --mount --non-interactive --stdin <<< "$PWD"

Changes between 1.12 and 1.13 (9 August 2015) :

  • Windows:
    • Solve TOR crashing when run from a VeraCrypt volume.

Changes between 1.0f-2 and 1.12 (5 August 2015) :

  • All OSs:
    • Implement "Dynamic Mode" by supporting a Personal Iterations Multiplier (PIM). See documentation for more information.
  • Windows:
    • Detect Boot Loader tampering ("Evil Maid" attacks) for system encryption and propose recovery options.
    • Fix buffer overrun issue and other memory related bugs when parsing language XML files.
    • Fix wrongly reported bad sectors by chkdsk caused by a bug in IOCTL_DISK_VERIFY handling.
    • Fix privacy issue caused by configuration and history files being updated whenever VeraCrypt is used (reported by Liran Elharar)
    • Fix system favorites not always mounting after cold start.
    • Solve installer error when updating VeraCrypt on Windows 10.
    • Implement decryption of non-system partition/drive.
    • Include 64-bit exe files in the installer and deploy them on 64-bit machines for better performances.
    • Allow using drive letters A: and B: for mounting volumes
    • Make command line argument parsing more strict and robust (e.g. /lz rejected, must be /l z)
    • Add possibility to show system encryption password in Windows GUI and bootloader
    • Solve "Class Already exists" error that was happening for some users.
    • Solve some menu items and GUI fields not translatable
    • Make volumes correctly report Physical Sector size to Windows.
    • Correctly detect switch user/RDP disconnect operations for autodismount on session locked.
    • Add manual selection of partition when resuming in-place encryption.
    • Add command line option (/cache f) to temporarily cache password during favorites mounting.
    • Add waiting dialog for Auto-Mount Devices operations to avoid freezing GUI.
    • Add extra information to displayed error message in order to help analyze reported issues.
    • Disable menu entry for changing system encryption PRF since it's not yet implemented.
    • Fix failure to change password when UAC required (inherited from TrueCrypt)
    • Minor fixes and changes (see Git history for more details)
  • Linux:
    • Solve installer issue under KDE when xterm not available
    • Fix warnings on about/LegalNotice dialogs when wxWidgets linked dynamically (N/A for official binary)
    • Support hash names with '-' in command line (sha-256, sha-512 and ripemd-160)
    • Remove "--current-hash" switch and add "--new-hash" to be more coherent with existing switches.
    • When only keyfile specified in command line, don't try to mount using empty password.
      • If mounting using empty password is needed, explicitly specify so using: -p ""

Reviews for this release

Superbly maintained open-source encryption software! With each release, VeraCrypt builds upon its TrueCrypt foundation to deliver bigger and better capabilities! :)
by commenter8 on Aug 24, 2015 at 3:11 AM
I am a long time PGP WDE user, however given the ease of use with this program, and options to make it extremely secure, I do like it, and is a step above TruCrypt, especially looking at its countermeasures to brute force attacks. Keep up the good work and remember - keep your private information, private!
by darrenchaker on Aug 13, 2015 at 10:37 PM
Veracrypt is a state-of-the-art security solution and real successor of the famous Truecrypt legend. It has the same ease-of-use, strength and stability just as in Truecrypt and as I see, Veracrypt is better. I wish this project would continue so on.
by Netgezgini on Sep 14, 2015 at 10:29 AM
Thank you so much for producing such a usefull software. I have been using it to keep private photo and video collection .
by Schuan on Sep 6, 2015 at 4:16 AM
Fonctionne parfaitement en remplacement de TrueCrypt 7.1, permet sans problèmes de monter les volume Truecrypt anciens. Testé maintenant à la fois sous Windows 7 , 8.1 , et 10 tout fonctionne. A recommander ( De plus très bien traduit :-) )
by lovecraft2 on Aug 23, 2015 at 12:18 PM
I think it's good that truecrypt is developed. Unfortunately, the mount takes quite a long time.
by userinuse on Aug 22, 2015 at 1:03 PM
Very good this program, I hope you put 1024 and 2048 bits in veracrypt future.
by maycon1996 on Aug 10, 2015 at 5:53 AM
It's a really nice Software for protecting sensible data, all is working fine. The new password display option (at system encryption) is very convenient and comfortable(!), I hope the UEFI support comes soon!
by arvinheiss on Aug 10, 2015 at 1:33 AM
Excellent, the key encription is very good, .. Thank you
by tig12 on Oct 3, 2015 at 11:07 PM
Amazing free and secure software! Improving in every update, great work!
by gdfgdfgdfg on Oct 16, 2015 at 7:35 AM
Advanced security, easy to use, free.
by MainSecret on Oct 15, 2015 at 2:41 PM
Best 10/10 IGN rating: Master Piece!
by tordoge on Oct 16, 2015 at 5:27 PM
Since Truecrypt developers stopped the project, this seem to be the best alternative. It's even better than Truecrypt in many ways. Enhanced security and updated every now and then with fixes.
by JohnBlair on Oct 15, 2015 at 2:48 PM
Thank you so much for producing such a usefull software
by amirtaha on Oct 28, 2015 at 12:32 PM
I'm glad someone decided to continue TrueCrypt's development and that he's actively responding to support request as well.
by belidzs on Oct 19, 2015 at 5:24 AM
Better than TrueCrypt.
by Atalanttore on Oct 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Open source secure encryption software with amazing security. With all bugs found on the Truecrypt audition fixed, and some more found by developer.
by njfgfghfhfgh on Oct 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM
I have been using VeraCrypt for the last year now and everything about it is fantastic. The developers are quick to update the program when other flaws are found with TrueCrypt. The only thing I wish to see is GPT support with UEFI. Then VeraCrypt can be an alternative to BitLocker. Keep up the great work!
by maincpp on Oct 28, 2015 at 1:39 PM
VeraCrypt is superb! I used TrueCrypt for years and was dismayed when development stopped. I've been using VeraCrypt for several months now and it far exceeds what TrueCrypt ever was. For everyone posting technical issues here, you're in the wrong place. This area is for reviews (good and bad, although I don't know what's bad about it). VeraCrypt has stellar support and either long-time users or the Coordinator himself will answer your questions and have you fixed and ready in no time. For example, some people complain here about longer mount times than TrueCrypt. There's a reason for that and a way to shorten the times. Simply click the 'Discussions' link at the top of this page and ask about your problem.
by Thinking_Monkey on Dec 21, 2015 at 5:16 PM
Great job team
by dethknite on Dec 3, 2015 at 5:44 AM
VeraCrypt is really good software. I was looking for some free high standard encryption software, and VeraCrypt seems to do the job. I found it via an internet article about good encryption software. One negative though [Issue with version 1.16]: It works well on Windows but on Raspbian (like Debian) the Linux release doesn't run properly when installed: "/usr/bin/veracrypt: 1: /usr/bin/veracrypt: Syntax error: "(" unexpected"
by EDJ_2 on Nov 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM
I'm not the smartest brain on the block but get by. Seems to be a very well supported ( answers questions VERY fast and polite) ! So far works VERY well and bullet proof, easy to use but my mind has some troubles wrapping around the finer details. I only gave 4 stars NOT because I don't like it completely, but rather I don't have the knowledge to. Reviews that I give top is 4 stars, because there is always room for improvement. That way what I say is truthful and not a shill.
by RoadRunner4 on Nov 6, 2015 at 7:19 AM
One of the best encryption software ever. Helpful documentation makes it easy to understand.
by HansVarspa on Oct 31, 2015 at 4:04 AM
Good job:-)
by Thomas717 on Dec 23, 2015 at 12:31 AM
Great software!
by dfgfg on Dec 22, 2015 at 5:53 AM
As a cryptography and computer security expert, I have never understood the current fuss about the open source software movement. In the cryptography world, we consider open source necessary for good security; we have for decades. Public security is always more secure than proprietary security. It's true for cryptographic algorithms, security protocols, and security source code. For us, open source isn't just a business model; it's smart engineering practice. -Bruce Schneier, Crypto-Gram 1999-09-15 So true. This software is well maintained, user-friendly, up to date with cryptography standards and mostly important.. open source. I'll consider a donation. In our connected world where we store our stuff on hard drives we require private protection, which is our fundamental right. With this software I feel more secure. Thank you so much for your effort, Mounir!
by RyXaLRoot on Jan 22, 2016 at 8:21 AM
It is awesome that the legacy of TrueCrypt lives on, now in a more open atmosphere. Veracrypt is rock solid on both Window 7 and Debian/Ubuntu-based Linux distros, I can vouch for that. Keep up the good work!
by Jockster on Jan 11, 2016 at 6:34 AM
Truecrypt was always a standout encryption tool and veracrypt builds on that. It is stable, cross platform, open source which makes it perfect for most applications. I'm looking forward to the support for FDE on UEFI/GPT drives. The new brute force attck prevention is very welcome. Keep up the great work team!
by Barmynon on Jan 10, 2016 at 5:59 PM
Better updates and improvements, definitely one of the best open source encryption software.
by feeln on Dec 23, 2015 at 9:29 AM
First Im sorry for this rating, but "poor" represents best what I experienced now in the last 2 days with veracrypt. I came from Windows 7 / Truecrypt, was running TrueCrypt for now over a decade and it worked flawless for me. So now to VeraCrypt. At start it was good, I decrypted my PC for the WIndows upgrade to Windows 10 and reencrypted my system partition with VeraCrypt. Besides the usual bug that I always have to replug my USB Keyboard so it gets recognized during the initial Boot, everything was as expected. Then the problems started. I have several other partitions with TrueCrypt encrypted storages. I did the AutoMount and I was kinda surprised when every HDD popped up twice, with 2 letters assigned and accessible while only 1 was displayed in VeraCrypt... Second problem, I tried to mount an HDD that was encrypted with an old TrueCrypt, and I got told that VeraCrypt doesnt support that old Version... surprise surprise... I had to install TrueCrypt again. Third problem, I added 3 HDDs to System Favorites, and they werent mounted. The Drive Letters are now taken but the devices dont show up. This whole thing seems too buggy for me and I will have to use TrueCrypt addition
by chickahoona on Oct 5, 2015 at 5:57 PM