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I have a TrueCrypt file container (FAT filesystem) containing a number of SSH private key files.

I want to be able to add these private keys to my SSH keychain, however I'm having trouble mounting the encrypted file container with the correct permissions in OS X.

$ truecrypt --text -m ro /Users/admin/Secure.truecrypt /Volumes/TrueCrypt

I'm passing the ro (readonly) mount options as directed by the man pages, however /Volumes/TrueCrypt (and all of the files within it) are mounted with world read-write-execute permissions:

$ ls -la /Volumes/TrueCrypt/
drwxrwxrwx@ 1 admin   staff  16384 31 Dec  1979 .
drwxrwxrwt@ 6 root    admin    204 14 Oct 13:56 ..
-rwxrwxrwx  1 admin   staff   1766  9 Oct 10:28 id_rsa.rsa
-rwxrwxrwx  1 admin   staff    672  6 Jul  2012 org_rsa.rsa

This means ssh-add ignores the keys saying the permissions are too open.

http://serverfault.com/a/82282 suggests defining /etc/fstab as a workaround, however as far as I'm aware I can't use fstab here as I'm using a TrueCrypt file container instead of a volume. (I'd welcome correction on this if I'm mistaken...)

How can I access these key files with the correct permissions (600) on OS X?

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Your truecrypt command will mount your file as a volume, so the serverfault solution is stil applicable.

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