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Ada Keystore

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AKT is a tool to store and protect your sensitive information and documents by encrypting them in secure keystore (AES-256, HMAC-256).

Create the keystore and protect it with a gpg public key:

   akt create secure.akt --gpg <keyid> ...

Store a small content:

   akt set secure.akt bank.password 012345

Store files, directory or a tar file:

   akt store secure.akt notes.txt
   akt store secure.akt contract.doc
   akt store secure.akt directory
   tar czf - . | akt store secure.akt -- backup

Edit a content with your $EDITOR:

   akt edit secure.akt bank.password
   akt edit secure.akt notes.txt

Get a content:

   akt get secure.akt bank.password
   akt extract secure.akt contract.doc
   akt extract secure.akt -- backup | tar xzf -


Ada Keystore is a tool and library to store information in secure wallets and protect the stored information by encrypting the content. It is necessary to know one of the wallet password to access its content. Ada Keystore can be used to safely store passwords, credentials, bank accounts and even documents.

Wallets are protected by a master key using AES-256 and the wallet master key is protected by a user password. The wallet defines up to 7 slots that identify a password key that is able to unlock the master key. To open a wallet, it is necessary to unlock one of these 7 slots by providing the correct password. Wallet key slots are protected by the user's password and the PBKDF2-HMAC-256 algorithm, a random salt, a random counter and they are encrypted using AES-256.

Values stored in the wallet are protected by their own encryption keys using AES-256. A wallet can contain another wallet which is then protected by its own encryption keys and passwords (with 7 independent slots). Because the child wallet has its own master key, it is necessary to known the primary password and the child password to unlock the parent wallet first and then the child wallet.

AKT Overview

The data is organized in blocks of 4K whose primary content is encrypted either by the wallet master key or by the entry keys. The data block is signed by using HMAC-256. A data block can contain several values but each of them is protected by its own encryption key. Each value is also signed using HMAC-256.

The tool is able to separate the data blocks from the keys and use a specific file to keep track of keys and one or several files for the data blocks. When data blocks are separate from the keys, it is possible to copy the data files on other storages without exposing any key used for encryption. The data storage files use the .dkt extension and they are activated by using the -d data-path option.

Using Ada Keystore Tool

The akt tool is the command line tool that manages the wallet. It provides the following commands:

  • config: setup some global configuration
  • create: create the keystore
  • edit: edit the value with an external editor
  • extract: get a value from the keystore
  • get: get a value from the keystore
  • help: print some help
  • info: print information about the keystore
  • list: list values of the keystore
  • password-add: add a password
  • password-remove: remove a password
  • password-set: change the password
  • remove: remove values from the keystore
  • set: insert or update a value in the keystore
  • store: insert or update a value in the keystore

Simple usage

To create the secure file, use the following command and enter your secure password (it is recommended to use a long and complex password):

   akt create secure.akt

At this step, the secure file is created and it can only be opened by providing the password you entered. To add something, use:

   akt set secure.akt bank.password 012345

To store a file, use the following command:

   akt store secure.akt contract.doc

If you want to retrieve a value, you can use one of:

   akt get secure.akt bank.password
   akt extract secure.akt contract.doc

The store and extract commands are intended to be used to store and extract files produced by other tools such at .IR tar (1). For example, the output produced by .I tar can be stored using the following command:

   tar czf - . | akt store secure.akt -- backup.tar.gz

And it can be extracted by using the following command:

   akt extract secure.akt -- backup.tar.gz | tar xzf -

Advanced usage

Even though the encryption keys are protected by a password, it is sometimes useful to avoid exposing them and keep them separate from the data blocks. This is possible by using the -d data-path option when the keystore file is created. When this option is used, the data blocks are written in one or several storage files located in the directory. To use this, create the keystore as follows:

   akt create secure.akt -d data

Then, you can do your backup by using:

   tar czf - . | akt store secure.akt -d data -- backup.tar.gz

The tool will put in secure.akt all the encryption keys and it will create in the data directory the files that contain the data blocks. You can then copy these data blocks on a backup server. They don't contain any encryption key. Because each 4K data block is encrypted by its own key, it is necessary to know all the keys to be able to decrypt the full content. The secure.akt file is the only content that contains encryption keys.

Using GPG to protect the keystore

You can use GPG to lock/unlock the keystore. To do this, you have to use the --gpg option and giving your own GPG key identifier (or your user's name).

   akt create secure.akt -d data --gpg your-gpg-key-id

You can also share the keystore with someone else provided you know and trust the foreign public key. To do that, you can create the keystore and defined the GPG key for each user you want to share the keystore:

   akt create secure.akt -d data --gpg user1-key user2-key user3-key

To unlock the keystore, GPG will use the private key.

Building Ada Keystore

To configure Ada Keystore, use the following command:


The GTK application is not compiled by default unless to configure with the --enable-gtk option.

   ./configure  --enable-gtk

Then, build the application:


And install it:

   make install


A docker container is available for those who want to try AKT without installing and building the required Ada packages. To use the AKT docker container you can run the following commands:

   docker pull ciceron/ada-keystore
   docker run -i -t --entrypoint /bin/bash ciceron/ada-keystore
   root@...:/usr/src# akt create secure.akt
   root@...:/usr/src# akt set secure.akt something some-secret
   root@...:/usr/src# akt get secure.akt something




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