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grml-crypt - Wrapper around cryptsetup/losetup/mkfs/mount
*grml-crypt* [OPTIONS] 'action' <device/file> '[mountpoint]'
*grml-crypt* is a program that
provides an easy wrapper around cryptsetup, mkfs, losetup and mount. You
could create a loopback mounted crypted filesystem with only one command, but
grml-crypt works for normal devices as well.
*format <device/file> [mountpoint]*::
"Formats" a <device/file>. If the second parameter is not a
block device grml-crypt assumes that it should operate in file modus. If the
file does not already exist it will be created with the given size. The
first 2MB of a device (luks header) are initialised with /dev/urandom, the
other space with the given initialisation. If grml-crypt is in file modus
the first 2MB of the loop file are also initialised with /dev/urandom except
where the file already exists (use -f for overwriting).
Commands: [losetup], dd, cryptsetup luksFormat, cryptsetup
luksOpen, [dd], mkfs, [mount]
*start <device/file> [mountpoint]*::
Starts an encrypted <device/file> and mounts it to the given
or a default mountpoint. Commands: [losetup], cryptsetup luksOpen, mount
*stop <mountpoint>*::
Stops an encrypted filesystem mounted at <mountpoint>. Even the
loopdevice gets destroyed with this command. Commands: mount, dmsetup info,
cryptsetup status, umount, cryptsetup luksClose, [losetup -d]
Shows the help message.
*-h, help*::
Shows summary of options.
Shows what is going on (more v => more out).
*-s (in MB, default=10)*::
Gives the size of loop filesystem grml-crypt should create.
*-t (default=vfat)*::
Gives the type of the filesystem grml-crypt should create. /sbin/mkfs.<your
choosen filesystem> should exist.
Read-only mode. The device mapping AND the mountpoint will be made
read-only. In format mode only the mountpoint can be made read-only.
Insecure initialisation mode
Optimized initialisation mode
Verifies the password by asking for it twice during creation.
Forces overwriting and/or disable confirmation dialog. If the second
parameter to format is an existing file and force is given, then the file
will be used for the encrypted loop filesystem. ATTENTION: the file should
be bigger than 2MB for LUKS only + the constraints from the filesystems
itself (eg. xfs needs a minimum of 4096 blocks).
Only for action start: Run fsck on the filesystem before mounting it to
the given mountpoint. If given twice, use fsck's -f option as well.
Additional arguments passed through to mount. Could be like "'-o noatime'".
*-S (in bits, default=128)*::
Cipher size used for encryption. Usually 128, 192 or 256 (but higher
may also be possible).
*-C (default=aes-cbc-essiv:sha256)*::
Cipher mode, should be aes-plain for pre-2.6.10. Have a look at /proc/crypto for
other ciphers.
*-I (in seconds, default=1)*::
The number of seconds to spend with PBKDF2 password processing. This time
is consumed for every key operation (format, start).
*-A (default="")*::
Additional arguments to cryptsetup's luksFormat.
*Default/Secure mode (no -o or -z given)*::
This is the default mode. It should be quite secure. The <device/file> gets
initialised with /dev/urandom. Except with an already existing file and
-f, where NO initialisation will be done (all other modes behave as usual).
*Optimized secure mode (-o)*::
Only the first 2MB of the <device/file> are initialised with
/dev/urandom. The encryption will be initialised and then the whole
encrypted device is filled with /dev/zero.
*Insecure mode (-z)*::
Only the first 2MB of the <device/file> are initialised with
*grml-crypt -t xfs -o format /dev/hda4 /media/tmp*::
Formats /dev/hda4 with xfs and applies optimized initialisation rules and
mounts it to /media/tmp
*grml-crypt -t ext2 -z format /home/user/test.img /media/tmp*::
Creates /home/user/test.img with 10MB and applies only insecure
initialisation rules. Creates an ext2 filesystem on it and mounts it to
*grml-crypt -f -S 256 -C aes-plain -I 2 -A --verify-passphrase -m \'-o noatime\' -vvv format img /media/tmp*::
Reuses the image img with no initialisation. The encryption is established
with aes-plain with 256 bit keysize and an iteration time of 2 seconds.
Cryptsetup is advised to verify the password by asking for it twice. Mounts
it to /media/tmp with '-o noatime'. And prints what is going on (-vvv).
*grml-crypt -t ext2 -z format /dev/external1*::
Formats your usbstick which hopefully is located at
/dev/external1 (please verify!) with ext2 and nearly no initialisation. You
could give the format action a mountpoint too. In this case your
crypto-partition gets mounted on that mountpoint as well.
*grml-crypt start /dev/external1 /media/tmp*::
Asks you for the right passphrase for your crypto-partition
and tries to mount it to /media/tmp.
*grml-crypt stop /media/tmp*::
Removes your crypto-partition cleanly out of the system
(umount, cryptsetup luksClose, [losetup -d]).
*mount /media/external1*::
Mounts your usb-stick on /media/external1 (please verify!).
*grml-crypt -o -t vfat -s 50 format /media/external1/secure.img /media/tmp*::
Creates a 50MB big file, encrypted with the default options
and vfat (also known as fat32). The optimized initialisation mode will
be used for this file (without -o this could take REALLY LONG). This
command _also_ starts your cryptofile and mounts it on /media/tmp.
*grml-crypt stop /media/tmp*::
Removes your crypto-partition cleanly out of the system
(umount, cryptsetup luksClose, [losetup -d]).
*umount /media/external1*::
Guess what? ;)
grml-crypt was written by Michael Gebetsroither <>.
This manual page was written by Michael Gebetsroither <>.
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