Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security

Posted: 04-21-2007, 03:56 AM
I have used PGP on XP and to ensure there are no footprints I set XP to
delete the Pagefile on shutdown.

Now that PGP is available for Vista I want to install it and again delete
the pagefile on shutdown.

Does anyone know how to accomplish this in Vista ?

Thanks,

intwtl


Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security


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Neil Harley
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Re: Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security
Posted: 04-21-2007, 07:03 AM
intwtl wrote:
> I have used PGP on XP and to ensure there are no footprints I set XP
> to delete the Pagefile on shutdown.
>
> Now that PGP is available for Vista I want to install it and again
> delete the pagefile on shutdown.
>
> Does anyone know how to accomplish this in Vista ?
>
> Thanks,
>
> intwtl
Try running gpedit.msc and turning on the setting:

Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile

located at

Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local
Policies\Security Options

John Barnett MVP
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Re: Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security
Posted: 04-21-2007, 02:13 PM
You delete the paging file at shutdown in Vista in exactly the same way you
could in XP. See the article on my website:
http://vistasupport.mvps.org/clear_w...t_shutdown.htm

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"intwtl" <intwtl@pacific.net.sg> wrote in message
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>I have used PGP on XP and to ensure there are no footprints I set XP to
>delete the Pagefile on shutdown.
>
> Now that PGP is available for Vista I want to install it and again delete
> the pagefile on shutdown.
>
> Does anyone know how to accomplish this in Vista ?
>
> Thanks,
>
> intwtl
>
Alun Harford
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Re: Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security
Posted: 04-21-2007, 02:47 PM
Neil Harley wrote:
> intwtl wrote:
>> I have used PGP on XP and to ensure there are no footprints I set XP
>> to delete the Pagefile on shutdown.
>>
>> Now that PGP is available for Vista I want to install it and again
>> delete the pagefile on shutdown.
>>
>> Does anyone know how to accomplish this in Vista ?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> intwtl
>
> Try running gpedit.msc and turning on the setting:
>
> Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile
>
> located at
>
> Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local
> Policies\Security Options
Of cause, once something is written to disk, it's very hard to get rid
of it (think: hammer and big nails).
Sensible software instructs the OS not to write sensitive data to disk.

Alun Harford
Paul Adare
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Re: Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security
Posted: 04-21-2007, 02:58 PM
On Sat, 21 Apr 2007 15:13:21 +0100, John Barnett MVP wrote:
> You delete the paging file at shutdown in Vista in exactly the same way you
> could in XP. See the article on my website:
> http://vistasupport.mvps.org/clear_w...t_shutdown.htm
Sorry, but rather than directly editing the registry, using Group Policy as
Neil answered is a much better solution.

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Re: Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security
Posted: 04-21-2007, 05:03 PM
Alun Harford wrote:
> Neil Harley wrote:
>> intwtl wrote:
>>> I have used PGP on XP and to ensure there are no footprints I set XP
>>> to delete the Pagefile on shutdown.
>>>
>>> Now that PGP is available for Vista I want to install it and again
>>> delete the pagefile on shutdown.
>>>
>>> Does anyone know how to accomplish this in Vista ?
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> intwtl
>>
>> Try running gpedit.msc and turning on the setting:
>>
>> Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile
>>
>> located at
>>
>> Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local
>> Policies\Security Options
>
> Of cause, once something is written to disk, it's very hard to get rid
> of it (think: hammer and big nails).
> Sensible software instructs the OS not to write sensitive data to
> disk.
>
> Alun Harford
and what 'sensible' software would that be?
Neil Harley
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Re: Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security
Posted: 04-21-2007, 05:03 PM
Alun Harford wrote:
> Neil Harley wrote:
>> intwtl wrote:
>>> I have used PGP on XP and to ensure there are no footprints I set XP
>>> to delete the Pagefile on shutdown.
>>>
>>> Now that PGP is available for Vista I want to install it and again
>>> delete the pagefile on shutdown.
>>>
>>> Does anyone know how to accomplish this in Vista ?
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> intwtl
>>
>> Try running gpedit.msc and turning on the setting:
>>
>> Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile
>>
>> located at
>>
>> Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local
>> Policies\Security Options
>
> Of cause, once something is written to disk, it's very hard to get rid
> of it (think: hammer and big nails).
> Sensible software instructs the OS not to write sensitive data to
> disk.
>
> Alun Harford
what 'sensible' software would that be and how do you create files without
writing to disk?

Neil Harley
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Re: Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security
Posted: 04-21-2007, 05:13 PM
Neil Harley wrote:
> Alun Harford wrote:
>> Neil Harley wrote:
>>> intwtl wrote:
>>>> I have used PGP on XP and to ensure there are no footprints I set
>>>> XP to delete the Pagefile on shutdown.
>>>>
>>>> Now that PGP is available for Vista I want to install it and again
>>>> delete the pagefile on shutdown.
>>>>
>>>> Does anyone know how to accomplish this in Vista ?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>>
>>>> intwtl
>>>
>>> Try running gpedit.msc and turning on the setting:
>>>
>>> Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile
>>>
>>> located at
>>>
>>> Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local
>>> Policies\Security Options
>>
>> Of cause, once something is written to disk, it's very hard to get
>> rid of it (think: hammer and big nails).
>> Sensible software instructs the OS not to write sensitive data to
>> disk.
>>
>> Alun Harford
>
> and what 'sensible' software would that be?
darn Windows Mail still sends at the wrong time ... at least when I hit the
wrong keys lol


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Re: Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security
Posted: 04-21-2007, 06:39 PM
Paul, so far I haven't been able to find the option in Group Policy. Maybe
I'm not looking in the right place? 'According to MS TechNet the procedure
is 'Open Group Policy then expand Computer configuration followed by Windows
Setting, Security settings, Public Key policies, Local policies and then
click Security Options' When I click Public Key Policies all that I see is
'encrypting file system' folder. This, incidentally is on Vista Ultimate.
There is something missing somewhere.

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"Paul Adare" <pkadare@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> On Sat, 21 Apr 2007 15:13:21 +0100, John Barnett MVP wrote:
>
>> You delete the paging file at shutdown in Vista in exactly the same way
>> you
>> could in XP. See the article on my website:
>> http://vistasupport.mvps.org/clear_w...t_shutdown.htm
>
> Sorry, but rather than directly editing the registry, using Group Policy
> as
> Neil answered is a much better solution.
>
> --
> Paul Adare
> MVP - Windows - Virtual Machine
> http://www.identit.ca
> "The English language, complete with irony, satire, and sarcasm, has
> survived for centuries without smileys. Only the new crop of modern
> computer geeks finds it impossible to detect a joke that is not clearly
> labeled as such."
> Ray Shea
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Re: Delete Pagefile on shutdown for security
Posted: 04-21-2007, 06:43 PM
Neil click the start button and in the search dialogue box type: gpedit.msc
and press OK. The user account control will pop up and you will need to give
it access permission. From here you can make quite a number of system
alteration. However, if you check my post to Paul, a little lower in this
thread, I haven't been able to locate the option to change the clear the
paging file at shutdown from within group policy.

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"Neil Harley" <nomail@home> wrote in message
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> Alun Harford wrote:
>> Neil Harley wrote:
>>> intwtl wrote:
>>>> I have used PGP on XP and to ensure there are no footprints I set XP
>>>> to delete the Pagefile on shutdown.
>>>>
>>>> Now that PGP is available for Vista I want to install it and again
>>>> delete the pagefile on shutdown.
>>>>
>>>> Does anyone know how to accomplish this in Vista ?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>>
>>>> intwtl
>>>
>>> Try running gpedit.msc and turning on the setting:
>>>
>>> Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile
>>>
>>> located at
>>>
>>> Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local
>>> Policies\Security Options
>>
>> Of cause, once something is written to disk, it's very hard to get rid
>> of it (think: hammer and big nails).
>> Sensible software instructs the OS not to write sensitive data to
>> disk. Alun Harford
>
> and what 'sensible' software would that be?
 
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