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       cryptsetup - setup cryptographic volumes for dm-crypt (including LUKS extension)


       cryptsetup <options> <action> <action args>


       cryptsetup is used to conveniently setup dm-crypt managed device-mapper mappings.


       For basic (plain) dm-crypt mappings, there are four operations.

       create <name> <device>

              creates a mapping with <name> backed by device <device>.

              <options>  can  be  [--hash, --cipher, --verify-passphrase, --key-file, --key-size,
              --offset, --skip, --size, --readonly, --shared, --allow-discards]

       remove <name>

              removes an existing mapping <name>.

       status <name>

              reports the status for the mapping <name>.

       resize <name>

              resizes an active mapping <name>.

              If --size (in sectors) is not specified, the size of the underlying block device is


       LUKS,  Linux Unified Key Setup, is a standard for hard disk encryption.  It standardizes a
       partition header as well as the format  of  the  bulk  data.   LUKS  can  manage  multiple
       passwords that can be individually revoked and effectively scrubbed from persistent media,
       and that are protected against dictionary attacks with PBKDF2.

       Each password, usually called a key in this document, is associated with a slot, of  which
       there  are  typically  8.  Key operations that do not specify a slot affect the first slot
       matching the supplied key.

       These are valid LUKS actions:

       luksFormat <device> [<key file>]

              initializes a LUKS partition and sets the initial key, either via prompting or  via
              <key file>.

              <options> can be [--cipher, --verify-passphrase, --key-size, --key-slot, --key-file
              (takes precedence over optional second argument),  --keyfile-size,  --use-random  |
              --use-urandom, --uuid].

       luksOpen <device> <name>

              opens  the  LUKS  partition  <device> and sets up a mapping <name> after successful
              verification of the supplied key material (either via key file  by  --key-file,  or
              via prompting).

              <options>   can   be  [--key-file,  --keyfile-size,  --readonly,  --allow-discards,
              --header, --key-slot].

       luksClose <name>

              identical to remove.

       luksSuspend <name>

              suspends active device (all IO operations are frozen) and wipes encryption key from
              kernel. Kernel version 2.6.19 or later is required.

              After  that  operation  you have to use luksResume to reinstate encryption key (and
              resume device) or luksClose to remove mapped device.

              WARNING: never try to suspend device where is the cryptsetup binary itself.

              <options> can be [--header].

       luksResume <name>

              Resumes suspended device and reinstates  encryption  key.  You  will  need  provide
              passphrase identical to luksOpen command (using prompting or key file).

              <options> can be [--key-file, --keyfile-size, --header]

       luksAddKey <device> [<new key file>]

              add  a new key file/passphrase. An existing passphrase or key file (via --key-file)
              must be supplied.  The key file with the new material is supplied as  a  positional

              <options> can be [--key-file, --keyfile-size, --new-keyfile-size, --key-slot].

       luksRemoveKey <device> [<key file>]

              remove supplied key or key file from LUKS device in the manner of luksKillSlot.

       luksChangeKey <device> [<new key file>]

              change  existing  key  file  or passphrase. An existing passphrase or key file (via
              --key-file) must be supplied.  The key file with the new material is supplied as  a
              positional argument.

              If  no  key slot is specified (and there is still free key slot on device) new slot
              is allocated before the old is purged.

              If --key-slot option is specified (or there is no free slot) command will overwrite
              existing slot.

              WARNING:  Be sure you have another slot active or header backup when using explicit
              key slot (so you can unlock the device even after  possible  media  failure  during
              slot swap).

              <options> can be [--key-file, --keyfile-size,--new-keyfile-size, --key-slot].

       luksKillSlot <device> <key slot number>

              wipe  key  with  number  <key slot> from LUKS device. A remaining passphrase or key
              file (via --key-file) must be supplied.

              <options> can be [--key-file, --keyfile-size].

       luksUUID <device>

              print UUID, if <device> has a LUKS header.

              set new UUID if --uuid option is specified.

       isLuks <device>

              returns true, if <device> is a LUKS partition. Otherwise, false.

       luksDump <device>

              dumps the header information of a LUKS partition.

              If --dump-master-key option is used, the volume (master) key is dumped  instead  of
              keyslot info.

              Because  this information can be used to access encrypted device without passphrase
              knowledge (even without LUKS header) use this option very carefully.

              Dump with volume key (either printed or stored to file)  should  be  always  stored
              encrypted and on safe place.

              LUKS passphrase or key file is required for volume key dump.

              <options> can be [--dump-master-key, --key-file, --keyfile-size].

       luksHeaderBackup <device> --header-backup-file <file>

              Stores binary backup of LUKS header and keyslot areas.

              WARNING:  Please note that with this backup file (and old passphrase knowledge) you
              can decrypt data even if old passphrase was wiped from real device.

              Also note that anti-forensic splitter is not used during manipulation  with  backup

       luksHeaderRestore <device> --header-backup-file <file>

              Restores binary backup of LUKS header and keyslot areas from specified file.

              WARNING:  All  the  keyslot areas are overwritten, only active keyslots form backup
              file are available after issuing this command.

              This command allows restoring header if device do not contain LUKS header or if the
              master key size and data offset in LUKS header on device match the backup file.

       For            more            information            about            LUKS,           see


       cryptsetup supports mapping of loop-AES  encrypted  partition  using  compatible  dm-crypt

       loopaesOpen <device> <name> --key-file <keyfile>

              opens the loop-AES <device> and sets up a mapping <name>.

              N.B.  If  key  file  is  in  GPG encrypted format, you have to use --key-file=- and
              decrypt it before use.  gpg --decrypt <keyfile>  |  cryptsetup  loopaesOpen  --key-
              file=- <device> <name>

              Use  --key-file  to  specify  proper key length, default compiled-in parameters are
              visible in --help output.

              Use --offset to specify device offset. Note the units need to be specified  in  512
              bytes sectors.

              Use  --skip to specify IV offset. If original device used offset and not used it in
              IV sector calculations, you have to explicitly use --skip 0 in addition  to  offset

              Use --hash to override hash function for password hashing (otherwise it is detected
              according to key size).

              <options> can be [--key-file, --key-size,  --offset,  --skip,  --hash,  --readonly,

       loopaesClose <name>

              identical to remove.

       For more information about loop-AES, see


       --verbose, -v
              Print more verbose messages.

              Run in debug mode with full diagnostic logs.

       --hash, -h
              For create and loopaesOpen action specifies hash to use for password hashing.

              For  luksFormat  action specifies hash used in LUKS key setup scheme and volume key

              WARNING: setting hash other than sha1 causes LUKS device  incompatible  with  older
              version of cryptsetup.

              The  hash  string is passed to libgcrypt, so all hash algorithms are supported (for
              luksFormat algorithm must provide at least 20 byte  long  hash).   Default  is  set
              during   compilation,   compatible  values  with  old  version  of  cryptsetup  are
              "ripemd160" for create action and "sha1" for luksFormat.

              Use cryptsetup --help to show defaults.

       --cipher, -c
              set cipher specification string.

              Default mode is configurable during compilation, you can  see  compiled-in  default
              using  cryptsetup  --help.   If  not changed, the default is for plain dm-crypt and
              LUKS mappings "aes-cbc-essiv:sha256".

              For XTS mode, kernel version 2.6.24 or more  recent  is  required.   Use  "aes-xts-
              plain64"  cipher  specification  and  set  key  size  to  256 (or 512) bits (see -s
              option).  Note that plain64 IV (Initialization Vector) is  available  since  kernel
              version  2.6.33  and it is full 64bit version of plain IV. For more info please see

       --verify-passphrase, -y
              query for passwords twice. Useful when creating a (regular) mapping for  the  first
              time, or when running luksFormat.

       --key-file, -d
              use file as key material.

              With  LUKS,  key material supplied in key files via -d are always used for existing
              passphrases, except in luksFormat action where -d is equivalent to  positional  key
              file argument.

              If  you  want  to set a new key via a key file, you have to use a positional arg to

              If the key file is "-", stdin will be used. With the "-" key file reading will  not
              stop when new line character is detected.

              See section NOTES ON PASSWORD PROCESSING for more information.

       --keyfile-size, -l value
              Limits  read from key file to value bytes.  Usable together with all commands using
              key file.

       --new-keyfile-size  value
              Limits read from new key file to value bytes in  luksAddKey  when  adding  new  key
              file. Default is exhaustive read from key file.

              Use  pre-generated  master key stored in file. For luksFormat it allows LUKS header
              reformatting with the same master  key  (if  all  other  parameters  are  the  same
              existing encrypted data remains intact).

              For luksAddKey it allows adding new passphrase with only master key knowledge.

              For  luksDump  it  allows LUKS header dump including volume (master) key.  Use with
              care (this information allows access to device without passphrase knowledge).

              See luksDump for more info.


              For luksFormat it defines which kernel random number generator  will  be  used  for
              long-term key (volume key).

              See NOTES ON RNG for more information. Use cryptsetup --help to show default RNG.

       --key-slot, -S
              For LUKS operations that add key material, this options allows you to specify which
              key slot is selected for the new key.  This option  can  be  used  for  luksFormat,
              luksOpen and luksAddKey.

       --key-size, -s
              set key size in bits.

              Has to be a multiple of 8 bits. The key size is limited by the used cipher.

              See output of /proc/crypto for more information.

              Can  be  used  for  create  or luksFormat, all other LUKS actions will use key-size
              specified by the LUKS header.  Default is set during compilation, if not changed it
              is 256 bits.

              Use cryptsetup --help to show defaults.

       --size, -b
              force  the  size of the underlying device in sectors.  This option is only relevant
              for create and resize action.

       --offset, -o
              start offset in the backend device (in 512-byte  sectors).   This  option  is  only
              relevant for create and loopaesOpen action.

       --skip, -p
              how many sectors of the encrypted data to skip at the beginning.  This is different
              from the --offset options with respect to IV  calculations.   Using  --offset  will
              shift the IV calculation by the same negative amount.  Hence, if --offset n, sector
              n will be the first sector on the mapping  with  IV  0.  Using  --skip  would  have
              resulted  in  sector  n being the first sector also, but with IV n.  This option is
              only relevant for create and loopaesOpen action.

              set up a read-only mapping.

              create another non-overlapping mapping to one common  ciphertext  device,  e.g.  to
              create hidden device inside another encrypted device.  This option is only relevant
              for create action.  Use --offset, --size and --skip to specify mapped area.

       --iter-time, -i
              The number of milliseconds to spend with PBKDF2 password processing.   This  option
              is  only  relevant to the LUKS operations as luksFormat or luksAddKey.  Note that 0
              means default.

       --batch-mode, -q
              Do not ask for confirmation. Use with  care!  This  option  is  only  relevant  for
              luksFormat, luksAddKey, luksRemoveKey or luksKillSlot.

       --timeout, -t
              The  number of seconds to wait before timeout. This option is relevant every time a
              password is asked, like create, luksOpen,  luksFormat  or  luksAddKey.  It  has  no
              effect if used in conjunction with --key-file.

       --tries, -T
              How  often  the  input  of the passphrase shall be retried. This option is relevant
              every time a password is asked, like create, luksOpen,  luksFormat  or  luksAddKey.
              The default is 3 tries.

              Align payload at a boundary of value 512-byte sectors.  This option is relevant for

              If not specified, cryptsetup tries to use topology  info  provided  by  kernel  for
              underlying  device to get optimal alignment.  If not available (or calculated value
              is multiple of default) data is by default aligned to 1 MiB boundary (2048 512-byte

              For  detached  LUKS  header  it specifies offset on data device.  See also --header

              Use provided UUID in luksFormat command instead of generating  new  one  or  change
              existing UUID in luksUUID command.

              The     UUID    must    be    provided    in    standard    UUID    format    (e.g.

              Allow using of discards (TRIM) requests for device.  This option is  only  relevant
              for create, luksOpen or loopaesOpen.

              WARNING:  Assess the specific security risks carefully before enabling this option.
              For example, allowing discards on  encrypted  devices  may  lead  to  the  leak  of
              information  about the ciphertext device (filesystem type, used space etc.)  if the
              discarded blocks can be located easily on the device later.

              Kernel version 3.1 or more recent is required.  For older versions  is  the  option

              Set detached (separated) metadata device or file with LUKS header.

              This options allows separation of ciphertext device and on-disk metadata header.

              This  option  is  only  relevant  for  LUKS  devices and can be used in luksFormat,
              luksOpen, luksSuspend, luksResume and resize commands.

              If used with luksFormat the --align-payload option  is  taken  as  absolute  sector
              alignment on ciphertext device and can be zero.

              For  other  commands with separated metadata device you have to always specify path
              to metadata device (not to the ciphertext device).

              WARNING: There is no possible check that specified ciphertext device is correct  if
              on-disk header is detached. Use with care.

              Show the version.


       Crypsetup returns 0 on success or non-zero on error.

       Error  codes are: 1 wrong parameters, 2 no permission (bad passphrase), 3 out of memory, 4
       wrong device specified, 5 device already exists or device is busy.


       From a terminal: Password processing is new-line sensitive, meaning the reading will  stop
       after  encountering  \n.   It  will  process  the read material (without newline) with the
       default hash or the hash given by --hash.  After hashing, it will be cropped  to  the  key
       size given by -s.

       From stdin: Reading will continue until EOF (or until maximum input size is reached), with
       the trailing newline stripped.  The maximum input size is defined by the same  compiled-in
       default  as  for  the  maximum  key file size or can be overwrittten using --keysfile-size

       After that the read data will be hashed with the default hash or the hash given by  --hash
       and the result will be cropped to the keysize given by -s.

       If  "plain"  is used as an argument to the hash option, the input data will not be hashed.
       Instead, it will be zero padded (if shorter than the keysize) or truncated (if longer than
       the keysize) and used directly as the key.  No warning will be given if the amount of data
       read from stdin is less than the keysize.

       From a key file: It will be cropped to the size given by -s.  If there is insufficient key
       material in the key file, cryptsetup will quit with an error.

       If  --key-file=-  is  used for reading the key from stdin, no trailing newline is stripped
       from the input. Without that option, cryptsetup strips trailing newlines from stdin input.


       LUKS uses PBKDF2 to protect against dictionary attacks (see RFC 2898).

       LUKS will always do an exhaustive password reading.  Hence, password can not be read  from
       /dev/random, /dev/zero or any other stream that does not terminate.  To prevent exhausting
       of system memory,  cryptsetup  limits  maximum  key  file  size.  Compiled-in  default  is
       displayed  in  --help  output.  You can limit reads from key file using --key-size option,
       this option takes precedence over compiled-in default.

       For any password creation action (luksAddKey, or luksFormat), the  user  may  specify  how
       much  the  time the password processing should consume. Increasing the time will lead to a
       more secure password, but also will take luksOpen longer to complete.  The default setting
       of one second is sufficient for good security.


       LUKS  checks for a valid password or key when an encrypted partition is unlocked. Thus the
       luksOpen action fails with invalid password or key, contrary to the plain dm-crypt  create

       Please  also  be  sure that you are using the same keyboard and language setting as during
       device format.


       The available combinations of ciphers, modes,  hashes  and  key  sizes  depend  on  kernel
       support.  See  /proc/crypto  for  a  list  of  available  options.  You might need to load
       additional kernel crypto modules in order to get more options.

       For --hash option all algorithms supported by gcrypt library are available.


       Mathematics can't be bribed. Make sure you keep your passwords safe.  There are a few nice
       tricks for constructing a fallback, when suddenly out of (or after being) blue, your brain
       refuses to cooperate.  These fallbacks are possible with LUKS, as it's only possible  with
       LUKS to have multiple passwords.


       Random  Number  Generator  (RNG)  used  in  cryptsetup  always uses kernel RNG without any
       modifications or additions to data stream procudes by kernel (like  internal  random  pool
       operations or mixing with the other random sources).

       There  are  two  types  of  randomness  cryptsetup/LUKS needs. One type (which always uses
       /dev/urandom) is used for salt, AF splitter and for wiping removed keyslot.

       Second type is used for volume (master) key. You can switch between using /dev/random  and
       /dev/urandom   here,  see  --use-random  and  --use-urandom  options. Using /dev/random on
       system without enough entropy sources can cause luksFormat to block  until  the  requested
       amount of random data is gathered.  See urandom(4) for more information.


       Cryptsetup is usually used directly over block device (like disk partition or LVM volume).
       However if the device argument is file, cryptsetup tries to allocate loopback  device  and
       map  it  into  this  file.  This  mode  requires  Linux kernel 2.6.25 or more recent which
       supports loop autoclear flag (loop device is cleared on last close automatically).

       When device mapping is active, you can see loop backing file  in  status  command  output.
       Also see losetup(8).


       cryptsetup is written by Christophe Saout <>
       LUKS extensions, and man page by Clemens Fruhwirth <>


       The  reload  action is no longer supported.  Please use dmsetup(8) if you need to directly
       manipulate with the device mapping table.

       The luksDelKey was replaced with luksKillSlot.


       Report bugs to <> or Issues  section  on  LUKS  website.   Please  attach
       output of failed command with added --debug option.


       Copyright © 2004 Christophe Saout
       Copyright © 2004-2006 Clemens Fruhwirth
       Copyright © 2009-2011 Red Hat, Inc.

       This  is  free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO warranty; not


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