[dm-crypt] Feitian PKI donation to dm-crypt projetc

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Sun Nov 7 23:44:14 CET 2010

On Thu, Nov 04, 2010 at 06:31:53AM +0100, Jean-Michel Pour? - GOOZE wrote:
> Le mercredi 03 novembre 2010 ?? 23:34 +0100, Arno Wagner a ??crit :
> > The main dm-crypt/LUKS focus is encrypted partitions in 
> > an otherwise not encrypted system. 
> Thank you for answers. Reading them, I understand I did not explain
> correctly. 
> I would like to encrypt a whole system using dm-crypt. The problem is
> that I have to run pcsc prior to mounting partitions. But then pcsc will
> need access to libraries, which need to be on a mounted partition.
> Is there a way around?

No. You have to read something from disk in order to boot
and that something needs to be unencrypted. You can do an
initrd that is unencrypted or a boot-sector like
TrueCrypt (and grub 2?), but neither quelifies as full
system encryption.

For dm-crypt, the initrd is the means of coice.

Arno Wagner, Dr. sc. techn., Dipl. Inform., CISSP -- Email: arno at wagner.name 
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