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Create and Mount an Encrypted Block Device Using dm-crypt

In this lab you will create an encrypted block device using `dm-crypt` and LUKS. Then you will open the encrypted device and create a filesystem on it. You are working as a System Administrator at a large financial institution and have been tasked with enabling whole-disk encryption on a portable drive. The portable drive is attached as `/dev/loop0` to the user's workstation, which is running the CentOS Linux 7.7 operating system.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 15m
Clock icon Jan 31, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create an Encrypted Volume on the Target Device

    Create an encrypted volume on the target device:

    $ sudo cryptsetup luksFormat /loopbackfile.img
  2. Challenge

    Open the Encrypted Volume

    Open the encrypted volume:

    $ sudo cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/loop0 encvol
    $ ls /dev/mapper/ -l
  3. Challenge

    Create a Filesystem on the Encrypted Volume

    Create a filesystem on the encrypted volume:

    $ sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/mapper/encvol
    $ sudo mount /dev/mapper/encvol /mnt/
  4. Challenge

    Unmount the Filesystem and Close the Encrypted Volume

    Unmount the filesystem and close the encrypted volume:

    $ sudo umount /mnt/
    $ sudo cryptsetup luksClose encvol
  5. Challenge

    Create a Keyfile and Add It to the Encrypted Volume

    Create a keyfile and add it to the encrypted volume:

    $ sudo dd if=/dev/urandom of=/root/lukskey bs=4096 count=1
    $ sudo chmod 600 /root/lukskey
    $ sudo cryptsetup luksAddKey /dev/loop0 /root/lukskey
  6. Challenge

    Open the Encrypted Volume Using the Keyfile and Mount the Filesystem

    Open the encrypted volume using the keyfile and mount the filesystem:

    sudo cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/loop0 encvol --key-file /root/lukskey
    sudo mount /dev/mapper/encvol /mnt/

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