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

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NixOS installation on multi-boot system with GRUB (from Arch installation)

I have one physical disk (/dev/sda) which is divided in /dev/sda1 (which is /boot bootable GRUB2 partition used and setup with Arch) and /dev/sda2 which is my cryptroot that, when unlocked, is a ...
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Encrypt casper-rw file for use with Easy2Boot

I have created an Easy2Boot multiboot USB drive. Currently it contains two ISOs - Kali Linux 2016 and Linux Mint. I have created persistent ext2 filestore for both ISOs and configured them using the ...
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lvmetad is not active yet, using direct activation during sysinit

I get the following error message at boot, just before being asked for my master password to access to my encrypted hard-drive (using dm-encrypt): lvmetad is not active yet, using direct activation ...
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Accessing Luks-encrypted disc from FreeBSD

I have some data on a ZFS in a machine running FreeBSD that needs evacuation. I have a disc in a USB enclosure with enough space, but it's encrypted using Luks on a machine running Linux. Is there any ...
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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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Unlock LUKS encrypted Debian root with key file on boot partition

I'm trying to decrypt the Debian root with a key file stored in the boot partition (decrypted partition). This will break the security, but it doesn't matter now. I have to conclude this successfully ...
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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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Why is EXT4 on LUKS on MD-RAID6 not detected by openSUSE's YaST

For maximum control over the storage configuration I've got two MD-RAID6 devices pre-configured as follows from openSUSE's Rescue system before rebooting the computer into openSUSE's installation ...
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Debian boot with encrypted disks: RAID is not assembled

Situation I am running Debian 8 on my machine. The disk setup is as follows: # lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 55.9G 0 ...
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Dictionary attack GPG symmetric encrypted LUKS keyfile

I remember typing in a long phrase for the password. I wrote all the words I could have possibly used into a plain text file, combining the words I know were used in a certain order. I might have ...
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howto interpret `cryptsetup benchmark` results?

summary: I can run cryptsetup benchmark and sort the results, but seek guidance in their interpretation. E.g., should I give more weight to encryption speed or decryption speed? Should key-derivation ...
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How can I set a label on a dm-crypt+LUKS container?

I just received a new USB flash drive, and set up 2 encrypted partitions on it. I used dm-crypt (LUKS mode) through cryptsetup. With an additional non-encrypted partition, the drive has the following ...
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Changing Debian installer default parameters

I wanna change the default parameters used by the Debian installer, specifically dm-crypt's key size and KDF iterations. "twofish" + "xts-plain64" supports 512bit keys on ArchLinux, so I wanted to ...
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Formatting LUKS encrypted disk

How do I format LUKS encrypted disk if I don't know the passphrase? I recently switched my HDD for a new SSD disk in my laptop and now when I connect the old HDD externally I can't mount disk event ...
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RHEL: FDE w/o password - boot from key on partition

I'm trying to accomplish encrypting my OS w/ LVM on RHEL 7.2 and have it boot without entering a password by using a key on an unencrypted partition. LV VG Attr LSize Pool Origin Data% ...
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Do I need boot partition on UEFI & Luks?

I'm trying to install Gentoo on LUKS partition (simple layout - single root partition, without underlying LVM). Right now it works, but I doubt if I done it properly. I've got such a partitions: ...
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Initramfs in debootstrap chroot of fully encrypted system

I'm working on a script to create a fully encrypted washable system from debootstrap. It's doing some good, but the initramfs image that comes out does not pick up the cryptroot properly. After ...
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Massive disk corruption on Ubuntu 15.10 with dm-crypt + LUKS full disk encryption?

I suspect there's a bug in Ubuntu's default whole disk encryption setup. Here's what happens, repeatably: I make a fresh install, Ubuntu 15.10 with whole disk encryption, overwriting the whole disk ...
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Make changes to busybox/initramfs that are persistent?

I am in the process of recovering my 32-bit Debian Jessie box with a lvm+LUKS disk. I am coming back from a system that had a root partition but no boot partition. Grub executes, but either vmlinuz or ...
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Kernel 4.1.18 doesn't support aes-xts-plain64

My root partition is under a luks crypt and when I type in my password it tells me to make sure my kernel supports aes-xts-plain64 and to check syslog for more info. Obviously I can't check syslog ...
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Guide for Gentoo setup with full disk encryption using LUKS+LVM

I'm looking for a way to make the following setup happen in Gentoo: /dev/sda1 -> /boot (ext2) /dev/sda2 -> Luks encrypted | +-lvm-vg1 | +- /dev/mapper/root-fs -> / (ext4) +- ...
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How to automate cryptsetup-luksAddKey with passphrase?

Context: I replaced my passphrase prompted at launch by a keyfile, stored on a USB dongle. My question concerns the step: # cryptsetup luksAddKey /path/to/mykeyfile . I generated my added key ...
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Replicate a complex partition structure with LUKS and LVM volumes

I have two external hard discs on an OpenSUSE 13.1 system. On one I have created a partition structure: An encrypted LVM partition (LUKS) Several volumes (10) on this LVM partition, some formatted ...
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NFS v4 export encrypted partition. Client mounts empty dir

I have an encrypted hard drive on my Lan Server. It was encrypted using luks/dm-crypt. The server has a NFS v4 running to share files in the Lan. It works, except for the encrypted USB hard drive. If ...
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How do can I tell what encryption is being used with signed in luks?

What command tells you what encryption is being used by a luks partition (all the relevant information initialization vector generation scheme, mode of operation and block cipher primitive).
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How can I change the password of a LVM setup in Fedora?

Using CLI, how can I change the password of a LUKS/LVM setup in Fedora (2x), where x can be 1,2, or 3? Note: The physical LVM2 volume spans over two partitions on two drives (/dev/sda3 and ...
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Is there a way to enter a password with onscreen keyboard to unlock a LUKS crypto device during bootup?

I just installed Linux (Ubuntu, but it does not really matter) on an x86-based tablet. I also encrypted a partition which is mounted during bootup. Of course, one usually needs to enter the password ...
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Can I make grub go back to the menu when I get the cryptomount passphrase wrong?

I have GRUB 2 (EFI) booting my system, which is dual-boot between Debian 8.2 and Windows 10. The Debian system is on an encrypted partition, which is unlocked using cryptomount. This all works fine ...
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Automatic unlock LVM partitions with a Key LUKS dm-crypt

I'm trying to make an automatic unlock of other partitions, I have 9 Logical volumes including root, and I know root LVM will unlock manually true password to have a key decrypted. My goal is unlock ...
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ArchLinux: Error installing grub on encrypted lvm partition(lvm on luks)

I am trying to install Arch Linux on an encrypted partition (LVM on LUKS). I followed the relevant Arch Wiki guide, but when I do: grub-install --recheck /dev/sda it gives me this output: ...
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Is it safe to reencrypt unencrypted mdadm array with LUKS?

I would like to convert my raid6 mdadm into encrypted LUKS. Right now raid6 consists of "/dev/sdX1" which are raid partitions. /dev/md0 doesn't have a partition - it is pure ext4 FS. Is it safe to ...
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Combine grub2 + GPT partition + LUKS + LVM (grub overwrites LUKS header)

I'm trying to configure system to boot from one GPT encrypted LVM partition. But when I set partition type to 8300 grub-install complains on warning : this GPT partition label contains no BIOS boot ...
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Renumber encrypted partition - sda3 to sda5

I have an encrypted crypt-luks partition that is currently named sda3, and is the last partition on the disk, that is, there are no sda4 or sda5. The encrypted partition contains three logical volumes ...
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Encrypted filesystems with swap partitions

A common error that happens with Ubuntu, though not Ubuntu in particular is the options of being able to encrypt the file system at installation time which creates an encrypted swap partition with ...
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Unable to remove stale volume

I have an external hard drive connected to my Ubuntu laptop via USB. The whole hard drive is LUKS encrypted. Next to the encryption layer sits an LVM volume which I mount to /mnt/es. Once opened, ...
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Is plain dm-crypt equal to headerless LUKS?

If I use LUKS encryption provided --header=<file> option, will it be equivalent to using dm-crypt in terms of plausible deniability or will there still be a way to tell that the given partition ...
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How do I execute a command if a drive is not mounted?

I am trying to create a shell script to mount a LUKS volume if it is not already mounted. The LUKS password will be in the shell script. The shell script is being stored in a encrypted folder so it is ...
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How do I change a LUKS password?

I would like to change a LUKS password. I want to remove my old password, but I would like to try out my new password before removing the original. I obviously know the old password. I would like to ...
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LUKS key from known password?

I have a hard drive with Ubuntu 14.04 installation - root partition was encrypted with LUKS. I had some configuration problems and wanted to re-install Ubuntu but keep all my data so I moved all my ...
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Not able to finish setting up LUKS

I am trying to encrypt a new VM with LVM on LUKS. I formatted and partitioned the HD (1 partition). I ran: # cryptsetup -c aes-xts-plain64 -s 512 luksFormat /dev/sda1 /mnt/dok/31.jpg typing ...
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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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What is the proper way to unlock a root filesystem spanning two LUKS devices by only entering the password once, using systemd?

I have been having a lot of issues getting an encrypted multi-disk root filesystem to boot up reliably under systemd on Debian Jessie while only having to enter the password once. Previously I've ...
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Decrypt a portion of a corrupted drive

I have a hard drive that got corrupted after a doing an MTP mounting of a cell phone. It was created under Fedora Core 20 using defaults. Originally, I thought I did it as an ext4 partition. I ...
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LUKS on an internal hard drive

I have a hard drive which is encrypted using LUKS. It was originally an external hard drive. Recently I removed the casing and connected it directly (via SATA). However, when I connect it directly, ...
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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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USB key not mounting at boot to unlock LUKS system

I am running Debian Jessie. I have 2 hard drives with my various partitions spread across both (not RAID). Both of them are separately LUKS encrypted, and LVMs sit upon both of those. My /boot ...
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Dropbear terminates before LUKS password prompt on Debian Jessie

I'm trying to use dropbear as a ssh server to unlock an encrypted partition which was created during Debian 8.2 setup. It boots to the password prompt (and unlocks if correct password is typed) but ...
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Install Arch Linux when LVM on LUKS keyfile on USB and bootloader on USB

I am trying to install Arch Linux in the following way: LVM is installed on LUKS when the LUKS key is image stored on USB the bootloader is also on additional USB For some reason, even though I ...
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/etc/crypttab for anyusb?

On my LUKS-encrypted machine, I have edited my /etc/crypttab to inform the system that a keyfile is on a pendrive. I did this by adding a line in /etc/crypttab, using the UUID of my encrypted HDD, and ...
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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 ...