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Anaconda Encrypted Boot IPA key Management


Provide enterprise-class key management support for encrypted devices


  • Name: [Dave Lehman] / [Miloslav Trmac]

Current status

  • Completed in F11: 50% - cryptsetup-luks changes are in
  • remaining work for this feature will land by F12 beta (~2009-07-28)
  • last update July 7, 2009

Detailed Description

Miroslav is waiting for upstream acceptance of some cryptsetup changes, to avoid filing bugs that don't have the initial step as a dependency.

  • Add one or two very small packages ("volume_key" or "volume_key-python", perhaps "volume_key-libs") to the installation image
  • Add two kickstart options (he will post a pykickstart patch)
  • Use the functionality provided by the volume_key* package to load a certificate from the network, and to store encryption keys or passphrases in a file after creating an encrypted volume. He expects the necessary code in anaconda to be < 100 lines.
  • Add system-config-kickstart support for the new kickstart options; integrate with other planned changes to the storage configuration GUI, blocked on those.
  • Add FirstAidKit support for recovering access to encrypted voluems using the stored encryption keys

Target Audience

Enterprise customers want a means by which they can guarantee access to the data on encrypted block devices in employees' systems. This way they still have a way in if the user changes the device's keys/passphrases.

Product Variants / High Level Use Cases

Relevant to desktops/laptops particularly, but depending upon implementation may be interesting for other products as well e.g. to support encrypted databases, medical records protection.

Hardware Architectures


Third-Party Dependencies


Bugzilla Numbers

   * See Bug 458392 - [RFE] luks: add support for admin keyslot for the prereq from an anaconda POV
   * Bug 488718 - (encrypted_LVM) Support for encrypted LVs in LVM2 & key management (tracker) for a description of work in progress