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jsaccess - private web file sharing using client side crypto
2013, Laurent Ghigonis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Store files encrypted with symetric key (AES-256) and it will seemlessly be
decrypted in the user web-browser on download.
No htaccess, https, or any server side configuration required, as it will just
serve static pre-encrypted files.
You should still use https to protect against clients targeted attacks like
$ git clone git://git.zx2c4.com/laurent-tools
$ cd laurent-tools/jsaccess/
$ firefox jsa/index.html
OR $ google-chrome --allow-file-access-from-files jsa/index.html
# Demo password is 'jsa'
# Click on 'Get files list' to retrieve the files available for this password
# In the demo the only file is 'put_your_encrypted_files_here.txt'
# Click on Download
# You now have the file decrypted :)
There are 2 parts:
access files list and download. jsa/store/ is the files store.
* The jstore script for the web server owner to manage file store.
It is recomanded to run jstore on your laptop, and then syncronise the
jsa/store/ with your server.
Put jsa/ directory on your web server, publicly available.
$ scp -r jsa/ user@myserver:/var/www/htdocs/
Share a file
1. Add the file you want to share to the file store
On your laptop:
$ jstore add myfile
# Then enter the passphase you want to use for encryption.
# It will tell you something like:
CREATED file jsa/store/af022cd820fdad6cbcac8e15ac565c639a47dab0/065e18a7f246b800242a778a6e8dd07a3321dac6
UPDATED file jsa/store/af022cd820fdad6cbcac8e15ac565c639a47dab0/index.txt
2. Syncronise the file store with you online server
On your laptop:
# Set the rsync url (only once)
jstore rset user@myserver:/var/www/htdocs/jsa/store/
# push the file store
3. Direct people to the directory jsa/, e.g. http://myserver.com/jsa/
How it works
jstore creates a directory jsa/store/<rmd160_hash_of_passphrase>/.
It encrypts your file using AES256 with the passphrase and stores the result in
It also updates the index of available files per directory called index.txt,
that contains real file names. The index is also encrypted using AES256 with the
Web UI generates rmd160 hash from the passphrase and get the list of files
available for this passphrase (jsa/store/<rmd160_hash_of_passphrase>/index.txt),
decrypts it and shows the list of files.
When the user clicks on Download, it fetches the file from the rmd160 name,
decrypts it with the passphrase and stores it with the real name using the
Filesaver JS API.
Dependencies / Compatibility
On the host that runs jstore:
* optional: rsync, if you with to use ./store push to deploy your file store
On the web server:
* Serving static files is enough
* optional: https, to protect against clients targeted attacks
On the web user machine:
* Tested with Firefox 21 and Chrome 27
You can set your own banner image / link / text without modifying html.
jsa/ - should be on your webserver, can be renamed
jsa/store/<password_hash>/ - directory of files to download for a given password
jsa/store/<password_hash>/index.txt - list of file name available
jstore - to encrypt the files that will be available for download
* store non encrypted files
option in jstore
special mark in index, to show it in web ui
* web: download progress
* web: decrypting progress
Need to modify gibberish-aes
* web: make password field appear as full of dots after validation