[dm-crypt] Encrypt all partitions with dm-crypt

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Wed Sep 19 07:13:50 CEST 2012

On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 06:52:19AM +0200, Javier Juan Mart?nez Cabez?n wrote:
> On 19/09/12 06:15, Two Spirit wrote:
> > I'm interested in knowing what are some of the trade offs of using the LUKS
> > header v not using the LUKS header.Since I assume the content of the
> > encrypted data is secure, it doesn't matter if someone knows the data is
> > encrypted and has a header and the header only helps in recovery, so I'm
> > not quite seeing what would be an advantage of not using LUKS, but from the
> > email below, there seems to be some reason.
> > 
> Please check tha FAQ's

Indeed. Basically you get passphrase management
(up to 8, can be changed) and protection for
passphrases that are not so high in entropy 
(iteration, salting). You also get management for
non-default crypto parameters.

Main drawback is that if you damage the header,
everything is gine. That is also an advantage if you
want easy secure deletion though.

Details in the FAQ, mostly Sections 2, 5 and 6. 

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