[dm-crypt] Question regarding LUKS

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Thu Oct 20 10:18:35 CEST 2011

I don't think anybody ever invested the money needed
to find out. 

As far as I understand the FIPS 140-2 requirements,
LUKS could not go above level 1 anyways, as it is
a pure software component. In a concrete implementation 
it may be possible to bring it up to higher levels,
(e.g. by having it run inside a HSM), but the 
certification would then be only for that specific 

That said, I think LUKS could be FIPS 140-2 level 1
certifiable as it is, as it folows current cryptographic
practices and is a very solid and resilient design.
That does not make it certified  FIPS 140-2 level 1

Also note that FIPS 140-2 seems to not make a 
lot of sense for software components like LUKS. It
looks to be more intended for smartcards, Hardware 
Security Modules and the like, i.e. whole devices
including software.


On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 04:55:18PM +0000, King, Al wrote:
> Is LUKS FIPS 140-2 complaint?
> Thank you
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