[dm-crypt] Bugs/Undoucmented features

Milan Broz gmazyland at gmail.com
Sat Jan 24 10:44:55 CET 2015


On 01/23/2015 10:33 PM, Ahmed, Safayet (GE Global Research) wrote:
> I've been looking into the cryptsetup tool and I just wanted to mention some 
> bugs/undocumented features I came across.
> 1 detached headers
> ------------------
> For a Luks setup that uses a detached header, a lot of the cryptsetup commands
> don't work in an intuitive way. Specifically, the "--header" option is ignored 
> and cryptsetup throws an error that the specified device is not a Luks device. 
> The cryptsetup commands work when the path to the actual luks device is 
> replaced with the path to the header file. This was the case for the following 
> commands:
>     luksDump
>     luksAddKey
>     luksKillSlot
> I didn't check for the other commands. If this is the intended behavior, I 
> think it should be mentioned in the doucmentation that the header file should 
> be used in place of the <device> argument in the case of detached LUKS headers.

The detached header was added later and only the commands that require
the --header were initially modified; commands above operates only with header device.

But they should support --header as well and simply use it if specified, should be
easy to fix.
(The libcryptsetup has universal crypt_set_data_device() call.)

I do not think we should document it as an exception, the --header should be simply supported
everywhere (despite the data device would be completely ignored, this seems to me like
a simpler way for the user - once you specify --header, it is used.
If not, code will try to use default arg.)

> 2 master-key-file with new-key-file
> -----------------------------------
> For the luksAddKey command, when the "--master-key-file" argument is specified,
> the new-key-file positional argument is ignored. Whether or not a file is
> provided for the new pass phrase, the user is prompted to enter a pass phrase.
> The problem is in the implementation of the function "action_luksAddKey" in 
> "src/cryptsetup.c". Consider the following lines (916 - 927):
> 	if (opt_master_key_file) {
> 		r = _read_mk(opt_master_key_file, &key, keysize);
> 		if (r < 0)
> 			goto out;
> 		//FIXME: process keyfile arg
> 		r = crypt_keyslot_add_by_volume_key(cd, opt_key_slot,
> 						    key, keysize, NULL, 0);
> 	} else if (opt_key_file || opt_new_key_file) {
> 		r = crypt_keyslot_add_by_keyfile_offset(cd, opt_key_slot,
> 			opt_key_file, opt_keyfile_size, opt_keyfile_offset,
> 			opt_new_key_file, opt_new_keyfile_size, opt_new_keyfile_offset);
> 	} else {
> When the master key is present, the code doesn't check "opt_new_key_file" and 
> assumes that the user should be prompted for the pass phrase.
> Is this the intended behavior of luksAddKey?

No, I think it is just missing code here. Only opt_new_keyfile_size should be parsed
here because master-key is provided (opt_key_file would be redundant).


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