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VeraCrypt 1.17 now supports Unicode passwords. Optimisation of key derivation functions has cut mount/boot times in half. VeraCrypt solves many vulnerabilities and security issues found in TrueCrypt. It can can load TrueCrypt volumes, and convert TrueCrypt containers and non-system partitions to the VeraCrypt format. VeraCrypt carries out many more iterations than TrueCrypt with negligible performance impact.

System requirements are: Windows XP and newer. MacOSX 10.6 and newer. OSXFuse must be installed with MACFuse compatibility mode activated. Linux x86 (32-bit and 64-bit) versions with kernel 2.6 and newer.

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VeraCrypt 1.18 was found to contain 8x critical, 3x medium, and 15x low severity vulnerabilities. VeraCrypt has removed the GOST 28147-89 symmetric block cipher due to implementation issues - users can still decrypt volumes using that cipher but not create new instances. VeraCrypt 1.19 is now available.

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VeraCrypt 1.20 comes with 64-bit processor optimizations for all supported operating systems. The developers have improved the implementation for SHA-512 and SHA-256 which results in a 33% speed increase on 64-bit systems. Additionally, a 64-bit optimized assembly implementation of Twofish and Camelia is included in VeraCrypt 1.20 which makes Camelia 2.5 times faster if AES-NI is supported by the processor, or 30% faster if it is not.

Other major changes for all operating systems include the use of Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) for improved security, and the integration of a local HTML user guide instead of a PDF document. (source: ghacks.net)

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