[dm-crypt] Incidentaly partitioned LUKS device - header lost?

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Sat Jul 2 12:25:17 CEST 2016


Ah, sorry, I am confused. The first question is whether
you killed the RAID as well or whether you created the
msdos partition table within /dev/md2. In the latter
case we do not need the RAID info.

Regards,
Arno

On Sat, Jul 02, 2016 at 12:20:00 CEST, Arno Wagner wrote:
> Hi Bernd,
> 
> data-recovery for this is typically relatively easy or completely
> impossible. To determine which it is, we need to find out what 
> happened exactly. The only really irreplaceable values in the header
> are the salts (see FAQ Item 6.12). These are not secret, but 
> each is 256 bits of crypto-grade randomness and they cannot
> be reconstructed or guessed.
> 
> The first question is what was overwritten by that partition 
> sector. Traditionally, Linux software RAID has the RAID superblock
> at the end, but unfortunately some people "improved" this, so
> it can now be at the end, at the start and at 4kB from the start.
> 
> This is relevant becauese it influences the data offset, i.e.
> the place where the LUKS header is put.
> 
> Hence we need the output of
> 
>   mdadm --detail /dev/md2
> 
> whichs dumps the RAID metadata.
> 
> Regards,
> Arno
> 
> 
> On Sat, Jul 02, 2016 at 08:33:09 CEST, Bernd Brägelmann wrote:
> > Hi there,
> > 
> > i think i destroyed my luks data.
> > 
> > I accidentally created a msdos partition table on the luks device. I
> > think the device was not partitioned. The device is a raid5 mdadm at
> > /dev/md2.
> > 
> > Now i cannot luksOpen the device anymore.
> > 
> > I already try to hexdump|grep for the LUKS header but until now i
> > haven't found it. In the Luks-FAQ 6.1 the problem is described as a
> > common user error and it is very common that the partitioning has
> > destroyed the LUKS header.
> > 
> > My question is: Is my data destroyed beyond recovery? It would really
> > help me to cope with this. Is it possible to "manually" fix a partially
> > destroyed LUKS header? Are there other ways to recover the data? I would
> > gladly pay for a recovery solution.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > 
> > Bernd
> > 
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