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Old 01-23-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
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Question Resizable encrypted LVM requiring just one password on boot (encrypted volume group)?


Hello!

I wonder if following configuration for full disk encryption is possible
with some of the current distros:

Level 1:
2 physical disks (/dev/sda, /dev/sdb)

Level 2:
RAID1 /dev/md0 over /dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1 as /boot
RAID1 /dev/md1 over /dev/sda2 and /dev/sdb2

Level 3:
Encrypted LVM volume group /dev/vg00 over "unencrypted" LVM physical disk /dev/md1

Level 4:
LVM logical volume /dev/vg00/lv00 as swap over encrypted volume group /dev/vg00
LVM logical volume /dev/vg00/lv01 as / over encrypted volume group /dev/vg00
LVM logical volume /dev/vg00/lv02 as /home over encrypted volume group /dev/vg00
...

I have found other common configuration on the web: LVM over encrypted /dev/mdX partitions - but this requires entering password for each encrypted /dev/mdX partition upon boot. While in my configuration above this would be just one, if I later decide to extend LVM volume group by adding another physical volume /dev/mdX (on additional physical disks), I would have to enter one more password upon boot, even if they would be the same.
 
Old 01-23-2013, 10:00 AM   #2
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I'm wondering could this work if you first generate a key
Code:
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/path/keyfile bs=512 count=4
and then initialize the assembled md devices with the same key?
 
Old 01-23-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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I'm wondering could this work if you first generate a key
Code:
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/path/keyfile bs=512 count=4
and then initialize the assembled md devices with the same key?
I am not sure if it is supported by distro init scripts. Iīd guess init scripts do not try password entered for previous encrypted volume on the next encrypted one.... If they would, I could use the more common configuration LVM on encrypted /dev/mdX.
 
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/etc/crypttab?:
Code:
boot /dev/md0 /path/keyfile luks
root /dev/md1 /path/keyfile luks
Else why not combine /dev/sd{ab}{1,2} into one md, LUKS the whole md and divide that into VGs?
 
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:57 AM   #5
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I mean: Ideal startup script would work like this:

1) Found encrypted partition?
2) If yes, do I have the right encryption/decryption key set? If yes, mount/read the partition.
3) If not, do I have the right encryption/decryption key password set? If yes, read and decrypt key with the password, set a variable with the key value and then goto 2)
4) If not, read the password from user (terminal), set a variable with the password value and then goto 3)

But I doubt ANY startup script is that smart. Script writers donīt have any imagination. In my whole life, I might see max. 5 script written according to defensive programming rules.
The rest of scripts just hopes everything will be right a then screw it with the rest of the code :-)
 
Old 01-23-2013, 11:11 AM   #6
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But I doubt ANY startup script is that smart. Script writers donīt have any imagination.
Its OSS so BMG and do something (instead of talking) about it...
 
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in the Software forum (not a security issue) and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 01-24-2013, 03:30 AM   #8
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Its OSS so BMG and do something (instead of talking) about it...
Point taken.
 
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/etc/crypttab?:
Code:
boot /dev/md0 /path/keyfile luks
root /dev/md1 /path/keyfile luks
Else why not combine /dev/sd{ab}{1,2} into one md, LUKS the whole md and divide that into VGs?
I think there would be issues with crypttab solution in case of hibernation. I guess this would not work with just one password input.

But maybe I could create nested RAID:

Layer:
1. /dev/md1 over /dev/sda2, /dev/sdb2 - RAID1 on lowest level
2. encrypted /dev/md2 over /dev/md1 - JBOD over RAID1 (initially with just one member)
3. LVM over /dev/md2

If I later decide to extend /dev/md2 with another physical disk, I can create /dev/md3 over /dev/sdc1 and /dev/sdd2 and then grow /dev/md2 by adding /dev/md3 to it(?).
I am just not sure if mdadm supports this.... (?)
 
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I think there would be issues with crypttab solution in case of hibernation.
Yeah, what doesn't cause problems combined with hibernation? ;-p


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I guess this would not work with just one password input.
But maybe I could create nested RAID
(..) I am just not sure if mdadm supports this.... (?)
It's something you could test?
 
  


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