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    Tool: Stegsnow
    Use: Covering tracks and hiding information.
    Version: Unknown
    OS: DOS/Windows & Linux
    Vendor/Author: Matthew Kwan <[email protected]>
    Status: Unknown/inactive (There has been no updates on the web site since 2013)
    Description: SNOW is used to conceal messages in ASCII text by appending whitespace to the end of lines. Whitespace steganography program.

    From the MAN page:
    Stegsnow is a program for concealing messages in text files by appending tabs and spaces on the end of lines, and for extracting messages from files containing hidden messages. Tabs and spaces are invisible to most text viewers, hence the steganographic nature of this encoding scheme.

    The data is concealed in the text file by appending sequences of up to 7 spaces, interspersed with tabs. This usually allows 3 bits to be stored every 8 columns. An alternative encoding scheme, using alternating spaces and tabs to represent zeroes and ones, was rejected because, although it used fewer bytes, it required more columns per bit (4.5 vs 2.67).

    The start of the data is indicated by an appended tab character, which allows the insertion of mail and news headers without corrupting the data.

    Stegsnow provides rudimentary compression, using Huffman tables optimised for English text. However, if the data is not text, or if there is a lot of data, the use of the built-in compression is not recommended, since an external compression program such as compress or gzip will do a much better job.

    Encryption is also provided, using the ICE encryption algorithm in 1-bit cipher-feedback (CFB) mode. Because of ICE's arbitrary key size, passwords of any length up to 1170 characters are supported (since only 7 bits of each character are used, keys up to 1024-bytes are supported).

    If a message string or message file are specified on the command-line, stegsnow will attempt to conceal the message in the file infile if specified, or standard input otherwise. The resulting file will be written to outfile if specified, or standard output if not.

    If no message string is provided, stegsnow attempts to extract a message from the input file. The result is written to the output file or standard output.
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