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Impovements over TrueCrypt in container format or in access/mount method?

Topics: Users Discussion
Jul 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM
As far as I read VeraCrypt contains some security improvements in comparison with the old TrueCrypt.

Are the improvements concering the container (static) format or the aceess/mount methods?

In other words: Assume I have a TC and a VeryCrypt container.

These containers are currently not mounted:

Do they have the same level of security?

From what I read so far e.g. the PIM iterations are increased significantly. But PIM is only relevant during access and not for an unmounted container.

Peter
Jul 16, 2016 at 1:53 PM
Edited Jul 16, 2016 at 3:43 PM
Hello Peter,
Do they have the same level of security?
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No. VC has fixed issues released in the audit of TrueCrypt software and added new features. You can peruse the release notes below to get an idea of the vast improvements made to VC over TC.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Release%20Notes

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From what I read so far e.g. the PIM iterations are increased significantly. But PIM is only relevant during access and not for an unmounted container.
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You are misunderstanding PIM. The number of default iterations performed on the hash which only impacts the mount time is much higher in VC than in TC. PIM is if you want to use a custom PIM (Personal Iterations Multiplier) to adjust up or down the number of iterations performed on the hash. PIM is a multiplier used in the calculations for total number of iterations. PIM is not the actual number of iterations.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Personal%20Iterations%20Multiplier%20(PIM)