[dm-crypt] LUKS encryption standards

Sven Eschenberg sven at whgl.uni-frankfurt.de
Wed Feb 29 20:09:25 CET 2012

Hi there,

>From a technical POV LUKS easily can achieve everything demanded by
FIPS-140-2 for the technical stuff.

That being said:

One Major thing about 140-2 considers physical device security (tampering
detection) which naturally is outside of LUKS' scope. Further, you'D
probably need a certification, to really conform to FIPS-140-2.

The Key management Part etc. is (again) completely outside of LUKS' scope,
it's a question fo procedure.

Concerning the actual encryption algorithm, Hashign Methods etc. LUKS can
achieve everything FIPS-140-2 demands, as long as you choose wisely.

So, in general, everything from FIPS-140-2 that is limited to the area of
implemenation (software), LUKS can generally achieve, but that's just a
rather small part of what your customer is asking for, as far as I can



On Wed, February 29, 2012 17:23, Bennett, Justin wrote:
> Hello all,
> At my work, we have a requirement from our customer to provide total hard
> drive encryption on pieces of our system that are considered mobile
> (laptops, for instance).  Previously, we have been using a commercial
> product to achieve this, but that product has since been discontinued in
> favor of a hardware based product that the company is now using.
> I'd like to use the LUKS-based encryption that is available during the
> installation of RHEL 5 (the OS we'll be using going forward) but I need to
> know some specific information regarding the encryption standards that are
> met by LUKS.  Specifically, the customer requires that the encryption meet
> the standards set forth by the United States Dept. of Commerce in
> FIPS-140-2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIPS_140-2).
> I'm wondering if someone can tell me whether the current cryptsetup or
> dm-crypt offerings support this or not.  I tried looking through a list of
> validated cryptographic modules kept by the NIST, but I didn't have any
> luck.
> Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
> Thank you,
> Justin Bennett
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