Linux: use a file as an encrypted partition with cryptsetup

Categories: Linux, Slackware

I’ve decided to move my encrypted /home partition from losetup to cryptsetup.
Instead of using a device (a disk partition) i used a 1o GB file and to do this i’ve upgraded cryptsetup to version 1.3.1 since Slackware 13.37 has the 1.2.0 one.
I just compiled the new version using the 1.2.0 SlackBuild, it works.
I’m following the README_CRYPT.TXT Slackware howto.
First, let’s create the crypted file that will “host” our new /home:

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/crypt_home bs=1M count=10000

Now prepare the partition for encryption (choose a good password!):

cryptsetup -s 256 -y luksFormat /crypt_home 

This will overwrite data on /crypt_home irrevocably.

Are you sure? (Type uppercase yes): YES
Enter LUKS passphrase: 
Verify passphrase:

We’ll call our mapped device “crypthome”, just like in the Slackware howto:

cryptsetup luksOpen /crypt_home crypthome

Create an ext4 filesystem (just for example):

mkfs.ext4 -j /dev/mapper/crypthome

I’ve add in my /etc/rc.d/rc.local:

cryptsetup luksOpen /crypt_home crypthome
mount /dev/mapper/crypthome /home/simplex

That’s all.


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