[dm-crypt] Integrate cryptsetup in bootloader

Sven Eschenberg sven at whgl.uni-frankfurt.de
Wed Nov 20 00:28:18 CET 2013

Aside from the fact that grub2 does actually support loading the kernel
from an encrypted disk, you could still sign your grub executeable for
secure boot.

Then again, can we really trust SecureBoot and the UEFI firmware not being
tampered with - that will most probably be the major question on modern



On Tue, November 19, 2013 05:20, Arno Wagner wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 04:42:55 CET, Ralf Ramsauer wrote:
>> Hi,
>> just an idea, but shouldn't it be possible to implement encryption
>> algorithms incl. LUKS to GRUB?
> Possible, yes. But it does not help. Instead of attacking the
> kernel image or the initrd, an attacker could just attack the grub
> executable, which could then patch the kernel or the initrd.
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