[dm-crypt] [No key available with this passphrase.]

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Wed Aug 10 14:43:39 CEST 2016

Hi Vali,

the first thing is to make a header-backup if you do not alredy 
have one. It is too easy to do damage when experimenting in such a
situation. Instructions are in FAQ Item 6.2 here:

That said, cryptsetup should complain on a defective header, so 
that does not seem to be it. It could be a defective keyslot though,
or still some other problem with the passphrase entry. Especially
on updates non ISO-7bit (i.e. 7 bit ASCII) chars can cause problems.

In the cryptsetup source package, you find the keyslot-checker
in misc/keyslot_checker/. Install as described in the README and check
your keyslots for obvious problems. Next steps depend on the result.


On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 14:01:11 CEST, Cristian-Valentin BUZ? wrote:
>    Hi all,
>    I have a Linux Mint with full disk encryption (one big partition). For
>    the last couple of days (~ 5 days) I did not shutdown the laptop and
>    only closed the lid. Today I had a restart (probably updates were
>    downloaded in the meantime) and my passphrase does not work anymore. I
>    tried to debug with an ubuntu live usb.
>    here are the commands that i've tried so far:
>    [1]http://pastebin.com/Tu2fQfN2
>    I've also tried with LANG=C and LANG=en_US.
>    I've tried from a script:
>    echo -n 'xxx' | iconv -f utf-8 -t us-ascii | cryptsetup luksOpen
>    /dev/sda3 sda3_crypt
>    I've tried a script to brute force the passphrase (I am desperate and
>    maybe I've suddenly forgot the passphrase after 8 months of writing it
>    almost every day). I've tried to brute force the values of the keys
>    that I press (I still remember how I press the keys mechanically).
>    What do you guys suggest to try now? Do you think that the header is
>    damaged?
>    Thx,
>    Vali
> References
>    1. http://pastebin.com/Tu2fQfN2

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