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       ssss - Split and Combine Secrets using Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme.


       ssss-split -t threshold -n shares [-w token] [-s level] [-x] [-q] [-Q] [-D] [-v]

       ssss-combine -t threshold [-x] [-q] [-Q] [-D] [-v]


       ssss  is an implementation of Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme. The program suite does both:
       the generation of shares for a known secret, and the  reconstruction  of  a  secret  using
       user-provided shares.


       ssss-split: prompt the user for a secret and generate a set of corresponding shares.

       ssss-combine: read in a set of shares and reconstruct the secret.


       -t threshold
              Specify the number of shares necessary to reconstruct the secret.

       -n shares
              Specify the number of shares to be generated.

       -w token
              Text  token  to name shares in order to avoid confusion in case one utilizes secret
              sharing to protect several independent secrets. The generated shares  are  prefixed
              by these tokens.

       -s level
              Enforce  the  scheme's security level (in bits). This option implies an upper bound
              for the length of the shared secret (shorter secrets are padded). Only multiples of
              8  in the range from 8 to 1024 are allowed. If this option is omitted (or the value
              given is 0) the security level is chosen automatically depending  on  the  secret's
              length. The security level directly determines the length of the shares.

       -x     Hex  mode:  use  hexadecimal  digits  in place of ASCII characters for I/O. This is
              useful if one wants to protect binary data, like block cipher keys.

       -q     Quiet mode: disable all unnecessary output. Useful in scripts.

       -Q     Extra quiet mode: like -q, but also suppress warnings.

       -D     Disable the diffusion layer added in version 0.2. This option is needed when shares
              are combined that where generated with ssss version 0.1.

       -v     Print version information.


       In  case  you  want  to protect your login password with a set of ten shares in such a way
       that any three of them can reconstruct the password, you simply run the command

       ssss-split -t 3 -n 10 -w passwd

       To reconstruct the password pass three of the generated shares (in any order) to

       ssss-combine -t 3


       To protect a secret larger than 1024 bits a hybrid technique has to  be  applied:  encrypt
       the  secret  with  a  block  cipher and apply secret sharing to just the key. Among others
       openssl and gpg can do the encryption part:

       openssl bf -e < file.plain > file.encrypted

       gpg -c < file.plain > file.encrypted


       ssss tries to lock its virtual address space into RAM for privacy reasons.  But  this  may
       fail  for  two  reasons:  either  the  current  uid  doesn't  permit  page locking, or the
       RLIMIT_MEMLOCK is set too low. After printing a warning message ssss will run even without
       obtaining the desired mlock.


       This software (v0.5) was written in 2006 by B. Poettering (ssss AT
       Find  the  newest  version  of  ssss   on   the   project's   homepage:   http://point-at-