I've upgraded my linux installation to kernel 2.6.38-2 (Debian testing). With the new kernel, loop-aes does not compile, so I cannot mount my encrypted volumes. I heared that it is possible to use some compatibility mode of cryptsetup to mount encrypted volumes of loop-aes, so my question is:

How can I do that?

I have been searching for hours with Google and couldn't find anything that worked. With loop-aes, I was mounting partitions with the following entry in /etc/fstab:

/dev/sdb2 /mount/data   ext4 user,noauto,loop,encryption=aes256 0 0

How would the cryptsetup command line look like? I would prefer an fstab entry, if possible, but a command line would do as well.


cryptsetup loopaesOpen <device> <name> [--key-size 128] --key-file <key-file>, according to http://code.google.com/p/cryptsetup/wiki/Cryptsetup130. If your cryptsetup isn't 1.3.0, you're gonna have to download that version and compile it.

cryptsetup opens the volume and creates a new block device in /dev/mapper/<name> You then have to use the mount command after cryptsetup to actually use it.

I know crypttab is involved in setting up boot-type encrypted volumes but I wrote my own scripts to manually mount them on demand so I have no experience with that, unfortunately.

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  • I'll go test this one ASAP. – hochl Apr 26 '11 at 9:05
  • Well this one took some time, had to push it back in my work queue, but now I've migrated to cryptsetup (finally!) and it works as described. Thanks! – hochl Dec 27 '11 at 13:59

If you are using cryptsetup edit /etc/crypttab and put in:

sdb2-data /dev/sdb2 none cipher=aes-cbc-plain,size=256,hash=sha512,noauto

Next edit /etc/fstab and add:

/dev/mapper/sdb2-data /mount/data ext4 user,noauto 0 0

Because you specified noauto you will need to run:

cryptdisks_start sdb2-data
mount /dev/mapper/sdb2-data

If you didn't have noauto then it would prompt for the password during bootup.

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