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File Encryption

by Jfas521 / September 10, 2008 11:45 AM PDT

Im a tech with the USAF and I have a customer that brought in a laptop that he had encrypted files on it with his smartcard. He then came to this base and tried to access the files with the same smartcard, but it is telling him access is denied. Either the encryption became corrupt or the certificates on the card have. Either way I really need to get into these files for him, is there anyway to do this?

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A few places to call.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2008 11:48 AM PDT
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what OS and what product did the encryption?
by ramarc / September 11, 2008 2:24 AM PDT
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even with smartcards, some windows products still tie a portion of the encryption key to the logon user. so, if the user was logged into a network domain at the time, the files may not be accessible unless logged in as the same domain user.

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User and Domain
by Jfas521 / September 11, 2008 11:20 AM PDT

It was encrypted with xp by just going to the advanced tab under folder properties and simply encrypting. It was done while the user was logged into the computer with his smartcard. He is using the same smartcard on the same computer. He logs into the computer since his profile is now in cache memory he can log in even if he is not connected to the domain. He has complete ownership of the files but it is still saying access is denied.

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he's going to have to login to the original domain
by ramarc / September 12, 2008 12:05 AM PDT
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the cached profile which gives him local access to the laptop is a different user than the one on the original domain. they may look the same, but they're not.

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