[dm-crypt] [ANNOUNCE] cryptsetup 1.6.4

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Sat Mar 1 14:50:41 CET 2014


Well, yes. But anybody careful or having read and understood
the warnings in the FAQ will have a full backup anyays. Anybody
that runs without backup is unlikely to make one now. Doing 
backup is sort of like working safely: It is a state of mind. 
One remark is not going to make people careful that are careless.

But I will add it nonetheless.

Arno

On Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 08:39:44 CET, Sven Eschenberg wrote:
> Another things that crossed my mind:
> 
> Currently the FAQ states in respect to the whirpool problem, to do a
> header backup prior to changing the header or using reencrypt. Wouldn't it
> be better to make this a minimum requirement and recommend a full backup
> instead? Imagine for whatever reason some portion after the payload offset
> gets damaged/overwritten, be it by mixing up numbers or because of any
> unobvious bug somewhere.
> 
> Regards
> 
> -Sven
> 
> 
> On Sat, March 1, 2014 00:27, Arno Wagner wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 23:06:30 CET, Sven Eschenberg wrote:
> >> On Fri, February 28, 2014 22:46, Arno Wagner wrote:
> >> > On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 22:26:03 CET, Sven Eschenberg wrote:
> >> >> Just out of curiosity,
> >> >>
> >> >> Isn't it possible (yet) to override header fields during luksopen? If
> >> >> not,
> >> >> wouldn't it make sense to add something like that in future versions?
> >> I
> >> >> think it could be of great help when the header is partly damaged, to
> >> be
> >> >> able to override things without using a hex editor.
> >> >
> >> > I doubt this makes much sense. From what I have seen,
> >> > usually the magic string at the start is gone as well,
> >> > and then there is a real risk that people try this with
> >> > the wrong data. Using a hex-editor is not that hard and
> >> > using a hex-dumper is basically required to get any
> >> > reasonable form of diagnostics. Even the keyslot-
> >> > checker is basically a specialized hexdump tool.
> >>
> >> Okay, that's true. I personally do use a hexeditor too, I have to admit,
> >> just thought it could help less experienced people. Then again, if
> >> people
> >> fail to use a hex editor chances are big they make things worse. I guess
> >> I
> >> didn't think this through long enough.
> >
> > I have a _lot_ of experience with students, some not so bright
> > or experienced ;-)
> >
> >> >> I am aware that one could use the non-LUKS mode to open a LUKS device
> >> by
> >> >> passing all required parameters, admitted. But a mode where one can
> >> use
> >> >> what's in the header and override single fields could be interesting.
> >> >> Once
> >> >> the correct params are determinde this way, one could maybe add an
> >> >> option
> >> >> to repair the header with the given replacements (Maybe by adding the
> >> >> option to reencryt?).
> >> >>
> >> >> Just some thoughts that crossed my mind.
> >> >
> >> > I doubt this really helps. Also remember that finding out what
> >> > actually broke the header is important, so fiddeling around
> >> > with an opaque header and commandline arguments to cryptsetup
> >> > after you have analyzed a hexdump strikes me as not that effective.
> >>
> >> That's absolutely true, indeed.
> >>
> >> >
> >> > I do understand that hex-editing is akward for many people,
> >> > but I do not think this makes it any better or clearer.
> >> > One thing that would help a bit is a header layout with
> >> > hex offsets. I think I am going to add that to the FAQ.
> >>
> >> Good point, I'd propose adding this to the luks on disk format document
> >> as
> >> well. If you cannot convert HEX<->DEC inside your head having the hex
> >> offsets at disposal helps alot. I admit, I used a converter when I
> >> edited
> >> my headers lately.
> >
> > Me too. For the time being, there now is a nice hex + dec table
> > in FAQ Item 6.12
> >
> > Arno
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