Encrypted volume interaction with Windows...

Fabian Rodriguez magicfab at ubuntu.com
Mon Dec 17 17:35:16 UTC 2007

John Richard Moser wrote:
> In Gutsy, the alternate installer can now create encrypted LVM layouts 
> (but with no fancy manipulation tools...).  I am now curious about 
> interoperability with Windows for encrypted external drives.
> External hard disks and flash drives using NTFS or FAT32 work in Linux 
> or Windows now.  The FreeOTFE program allows Windows to access a LUKS 
> partition (NOT LVM) as well.  Logically, it would help users with 
> encryption needs to have a tool in GNOME to create LUKS-encrypted USB 
> flash or hard drives, and request/change the key (file?  Or just 
> password?) when gnome-volume-manager detects them.
> I think this would be very interesting to users sharing private data 
> between Windows and Linux.  Truecrypt is a pain (all command line 
> stuff), and Linux supports LUKS anyway.  With LUKS on Linux and FreeOTFE 
> accessing the LUKS partitions on Windows, users can easily share data 
> via removable drives.
Accoding to their website, Explore2fs supports LVM2:

Once LVM2 is accessible/readable, then you need to setup the additional 
layer of tool(s) for enc/decryption of the volume. I am not familiar 
with the newer encrypted LVM layouts but I thought this may be the right 
path to follow.

Let us know what you find out.



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