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I'm referring to system full disk encryption with hidden OS. Objective is to corrupt / damage the encrypted hidden volume the simplest way. Here's the scenario:

I've created system outer (decoy) volume with 500MB buffer and the hidden volume. All required programs running OK. I login outer volume to set CCleaner to wipe drive with pseudorandom (1 pass) on every startup.

Next time, if anyone or myself login outer volume, CCleaner will wipe free space automatically. Say the wipe status goes beyond 1GB free space, will the encrypted hidden volume be damaged? Has anyone tried it, 100% sure?

In theory, it should work though I've not tested it. Also, I've created my own zip bomb that can extract & occupy space up to 3GB in 1min.

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I need to save several hours of testings. Hope anyone who has tried it can respond. –  desperado Mar 27 '11 at 8:16
    
Just finished testing on 2 different FDE brands. Yes it works. Zip bombing and wiping free space in the outer (decoy) volume kill the encrypted hidden one. –  desperado Mar 31 '11 at 4:33
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Yes, writing over the hidden volume will destroy it. TrueCrypt docs confirm this. Also the fact that TrueCrypt does not know about the volume's existence unless you explicitly tell it at mount-time; that's what the protect hidden volumes option in the "Mount Volume" window is for. I'm not sure whether this can be enabled for the system volume.

As of TrueCrypt 4.0, it is possible to write data to an outer volume without risking that a hidden volume within it will get damaged (overwritten).

When mounting an outer volume, the user can enter two passwords: One for the outer volume, and the other for a hidden volume within it, which he wants to protect. In this mode, TrueCrypt does not actually mount the hidden volume. It only decrypts its header and retrieves information about the size of the hidden volume (from the decrypted header). Then, the outer volume is mounted and any attempt to save data to the area of the hidden volume will be rejected (until the outer volume is dismounted).

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Just finished testing on 2 different FDE brands. Yes it works. Zip bombing and wiping free space in the outer (decoy) volume kill the encrypted hidden one. –  desperado Mar 31 '11 at 4:33

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