LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup) is a disk-encryption specification.

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How to have Linux wipe/randomize/sanitize RAM at shutdown?

For mysterious reasons I still double boot sometimes into Windows. My problem is that I fear that information may leak because the RAM memory is accessible to Windows. (the Linux partitions are ...
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How to open multiple LUKS volumes with key entered in initramfs?

I have a Debian 7.4 (stable) based server configured to use an encrypted (RAID1 + LVM) root partition (/boot is un-encrypted regular partition) to which I installed dropbear SSH server so I can ...
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How can move a LUKS container from the middle of a partition to the beginning?

For the tl;dr, skip to the bottom. I have a dual-boot setup with Mac OS X at the beginning of my drive and three GNU/Linux partitions at the end of the drive. I don't have the relevant machine on ...
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How can I get a HASH of the LUKS master key?

From: https://code.google.com/p/cryptsetup/wiki/FrequentlyAskedQuestions 6.15 Can I clone a LUKS container? You can, but it breaks security, because the cloned container has the same ...
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How to decrypt LUKS with the known master key?

From: https://code.google.com/p/cryptsetup/wiki/FrequentlyAskedQuestions CLONING/IMAGING: If you clone or image a LUKS container, you make a copy of the LUKS header and the master key will stay the ...
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How to force the change of the LUKS password in every 90 days?

Using an Ubuntu 12.04 or a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 6 for Desktop, how can we force the users to change their LUKS passwords at every 90 days?
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How to set laptop screen brightness just after boot with full disk encryption

my girlfriend bought Lenovo Essential G500 i5-3230 and I installed Linux Mint 16 on it with full disk encryption. It is standard installation with encryption using dmcrypt and LUKS. But there is a ...
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Auto de-crypt all LUKS partitions in Debian

I use Debian Wheezy and have all partitions encrypted using LUKS, except /boot. I want to decrypt the partitions automatically without having to type the password in each of the 7 encrypted partitions ...
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Poor IO due to LUKS/Software RAID/LVM ordering?

I'm trying to determine if I should re-setup my RAID array due to poor IO performance. First off, the system: i7 920 4 4TB WD 5400 Green drives CentOS 6.3 host Secondly, the disk setup: ...
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Linux Mint MATE: Disable encrypted volume password dialog

I'm running the MATE edition of Linux Mint on my laptop. I have an external USB disk with a LUKS container on it. The USB disk is connected to the laptop's docking station. Whenever I connect the ...
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Auto-delete LUKS Key-slots

After installing Kali with the Nuke feature I'm wondering if there's an easy way to limit failed login attempts by simply erasing the LUKS keys-lots. EDIT: I'm asking with the idea in mind to store ...
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Decrypt second encrypted LVM during headless server boot?

I've followed this question https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/5017/ssh-to-decrypt-encrypted-lvm-during-headless-server-boot and successfully remotely decrypted my root drive. However, I have a ...
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File containing ext filesystem

Let's suppose I create a file, map it to /dev/loop0, and create a LUKS partition inside dd if=/dev/zero of=myfile bs=1M count=1000 losetup /dev/loop0 myfile cryptsetup -c aes-cbc-essiv:sha256 -s 256 ...
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LUKS - changing passphrase with /dev/mapper/fedora-root

I would like to change my passphrase in LUKS, so I started with typing mount | grep 'on / '. The result was /dev/mapper/fedora-root on / type ext4 (rw,relatime,seclabel,data=ordered). So next as usual ...
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Trying to understand LUKS encryption

I decided to encrypt my root partition with LUKS+LVM. My ThinkPad setup: Samsung 830 128GB SSD 750GB HDD Core 2 Duo 2,5 GHz P9500 8GB RAM But the more I read, the less I understand about those ...
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Problem installing ArchLinux on LVM on a LUKS setup via archboot

I've used archlinux before, and I've decided to have it enccrypted. I use BIOS. I used the latest vesion of archboot. I made an LUKS setup, then made lvm volume group and two ext4 partition in it for ...
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parted: create new partition

I have a 3TB disk, and I understand I have to use parted if I want to create a partition bigger than 2TB. All right then. parted /dev/sdb (parted) mklabel gpt (parted) mkpart primary ...
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Best practice to backup a LUKS encrypted device

What's the fastest method to backup and restore a luks encrypted device (e.g. a full encrypted usb-device to a image-file). The usb-device can be decrypted/accessed. I'm looking for a solution to ...
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Why does LUKS need to generate hash values?

If you create a new LUKS device, you can specify the option -hash and -iter-time. For example like this: sudo cryptsetup luksFormat --cipher aes-cbc-essiv:sha256 --key-size 256 --iter-time 2100 ...
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How can I extract the hash value of a LUKS device?

For LUKS devices I know that hashes are stored somehow in the partition header (I don't really know what this means). But I don't know how to print the hash value in this case. For example in a ...
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How to change the hash-spec and iter-time of an existing dm-crypt LUKS device?

How can I change the hash-spec and iter-time of an existing dm-crypt LUKS device? Clearly I can pass the options if I create a new device, for example something like this: sudo cryptsetup ...
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How to use a samba login to mount a luks container?

Our server has an (dm-crypt/LUKS) encrypted project directory which is currently mounted via SSH before its samba share can be accessed - and obviously no one remembers to unmount it afterwards. ...
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luks single signon

I've got LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup) running on a couple of my Linux boxes. I've looked online but haven't seen anyone document how to make it work in a single signon option, but was hoping ...
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Cannot mount filesystem under luks. Device does not exist

I made one big luks device and re-used it on my debian install, then i ran into some boot problems and i need to acess the filesystem. The problem is, i decrypt the luks device and when i try to ...
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Install Zentyal 3.2 on btrfs with raid 1 and luks

I want to install Zentyal 3.2 with btrfs, raid1 and luks on a server with 3 harddrives. at first i created 2 partitions on each device (sda,sdb,sdc). the first with 1G, and the secound with the rest. ...
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How can the root file system be accessed to launch cryptsetup to allow access to the root file system?

I have got laptop with full disk encryption. There is a /boot partion which is not encrypted and the other partition /dev/sda5 is. In order to decrypt, it asks me for the passphrase which is then ...
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Can I migrate a LUKS partition from a passphrase to a keyfile?

The title says it all. Let's say I have a LUKS-formatted partition, and it's secured using the passphrase "test123". Can I migrate this partition to a key-based mechanism, without loss of data?
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cryptdisks_start: precheck failed: the device contains a filesystem type crypto_LUKS

I'm trying to use cryptdisks_start to open a LUKS device that is defined in my /etc/crypttab. Unfortunately, the command fails with the following error message: martin ~ # cryptdisks_start ...
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Any reason not to use LUKS on a backup drive?

I have my hard disk encrypted with LUKS, but I make regular backups to an unencrypted external harddrive. Is there any reason I shouldn't setup LUKS on my backup drive as well? Obviously, the big ...
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Are remote LUKS volumes mounted locally with sshfs made visible to remote users?

I created an encrypted volume with LUKS and uploaded it to a remote directory on an untrusted host. I can mount it locally though. I first mount the remote directory locally with sshfs and then open ...
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mount other encrypted volume on wrong password entry

I have fully encrypted my laptop using dm-crypt and luks. So If I start my laptop I was prompted for a password before init will start. This works just fine. The problem A possible attacker will ...
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Open luks-encrypted partition from virtual DomU LVM disk containing another LVM

I've gotten myself in a bit of a bind, here. A while ago I set up an encrypted Unbuntu 13.04 under Xen. It's virtual disk is an LVM LV. This LV was presented to the DomU as a (whole) physical disk ...
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Detecting the device of a crypto mount

I have an external eSATA-hdd on an OpenSUSE 12.2 system. The external hdd has an LVM on a dm-crypt partition. I mount it by powering it up and then doing rescan-scsi-bus.sh cryptsetup -v luksOpen ...
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BCache and disk encryption

I recently bought a new laptop with a 16Gb mSATA SSD cache drive. I haven't used that one yet. I have, however, opted for Ubuntu 13.04 with "Full Disk Encryption" for the main partition (is that ...
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Reading encrypted partition with broken LVM2 inside?

I overwrote some LVM2 metadata in much the same way as Recovering overwritten LVM metadata . That is, I attempted to install Debian 6.0.7 on a system with existing encrypted volumes and LVM2 volumes. ...
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How to remove LUKS auto-unlock?

Unfortunately my drive unlocks automatically. This makes the whole encryption useless. How do I turn off this annoying feature on a specified drive (e.g. /dev/x) ? The cryptsetup command I've found ...
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Dm-Crypt system encryption with different keys per user

I have found the following example configuration for a system encryption: Example 5: paranoid system encryption • whole hard drive encrypted with dm-crypt+LUKS └──> unlocked before boot, ...
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luksOpen: No key available with this passphrase

I've created a encrypted volume with LUKS at home and was looking to use it at work too. Unfortunately, that's not possible. Whyever, I'm unable to access the encrypted data on any other computer than ...
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How do I encrypt the main partition of a SIFT (Ubuntu 9.10 variant) install?

I've got SIFT (based on Ubuntu 9.10) installed on a work laptop. We're trying to encrypt the entire installation (root partition and swap), which is apparently doable using LUKS, but I'm having some ...
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Provide passphrase to plymouth ask-for-password from command line

I'm working on booting a headless server (Fedora 16), entering the passphrase to decrypt the root disk (LUKS) over SSH using dropbear. I've got dropbear all working: I can SSH to the server while it's ...
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LUKS storing keyfile in encrypted usb drive

I already asked once about LUKS unlocking of multiple HDDs in Linux: LUKS and multiple hard drives. Now I would like to know how to secure store the keyfile used for the automatic unlock of the ...
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Overwriting disk before encryption

I'm going to create encrypted lvm on my disk. As a encryption mechanism I choose dmcrypt with LUKS. Here's my question - should I overwrite (for security reasons) whole disk before creating encrypted ...
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Why are logical volumes used with LUKS partitions?

All of the instructions I've seen on setting up a LUKS encrypted drive require using logical volumes to create root and swap partitions inside a LUKS device. Why not just put standard partitions ...
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Automatically suspend luks volume after delay

Anyone have any ideas for how I can automatically do a luksSuspend on a luks volume after it's been unused for a certain amount of time. I was thinking of just scheduling a command with crontab or ...
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Prevent file access from hanging when luks volume is suspended

I've got a luks volume setup and mounted, and when not in use I suspend it with cryptsetup luksSuspend so it cannot be accessed. But if I forget it's suspended and try to do any kind of file access in ...
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How to remove LUKS encryption?

I tried removing LUKS encryption on my home directory using the following command: cryptsetup luksRemoveKey /dev/mapper/luks-3fd5-235-26-2625-2456f-4353fgdgd But it gives me an error saying: ...
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after adding one more physical volume and enlarging logical volume, grub fails

Several years ago I installed Debian on my 500 GiB hard disk. During installation I chose to have encrypted filesystem. So installer created one small unencrypted boot partition (I guess that grub ...
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How to choose LUKS encryption when installing RHEL 6?

With the default RHEL 6 installer, how can I choose the LUKS encryption? Afaik if I prepare the disk like cryptsetup luksFormat -c cast5-cbc-plain -s 128 /dev/$DEVICE could be the "fastest" ...
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How to mount a cryptsetup container just with `mount`?

I created an encrypted container via #!/bin/bash dd if=/dev/zero of=$1 bs=1 count=0 seek=$2 MAPPER=$(mktemp -up /dev/mapper) LOOPDEV=$(losetup --find --show $1) cryptsetup luksFormat $LOOPDEV ...
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How to decrypt an encrypted container via ssh without entering a passphrase while requiring some client authentication?

I log in to a server via public key authentication and then mount a container (using e.g. LUKS/dm-crypt or truecrypt). At the moment, I have to enter the container password manually. Is there a way to ...