OpenSUSE Install :: Encrypted Home Partition Automount?

Jul 24, 2011

First off I'm new to the openSUSE community and would just like to say So, to the issue at hand. I recently switched to openSUSE 11.4 from Debian. I noticed the setup didn't have an option encrypt the home folder like it does in Debian, so not being aware of any other way to encrypt it, I created a new partition, backed up my current home directory, created a new partition and mounted it as home before copying in the contents of the backup to the encrypted home partition I created. Now of course it is askingme to put the crypto password in at each boot, which isn't ideal because it's a family machine and no-one would remember the password but me. Is there any way of being able to automount the encrypted partition without having to put the key in every time? Or better yet an encrypted home folder that doesn't require the key to be put in on each login (as in Debian) without even using a dedicated partition.

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I have encrypted a partition while installing Fedora 13, and I need to disable its automount - I will mount those manually.

But even though I commented out the corresponding line in /etc/fstab, I am still asked for the passphrase for the partition at startup.

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I am trying to open an encrypted home directory from opensuse 11.2 with opensuse 11.3. This means i have a user.img and a user.key So far i have done:

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cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/loop3 home
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No key available with this passphrase. At this point it will not accept my passphrase.

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[code]....

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Apr 11, 2011

I'm guessing that a file is created as a loopback device and encrypted (using LUKS?)

What is the mechanism used at user login to decrypt and mount the encrypted $HOME and to re-encrypt it at logout?

I confess an ulterior motive here - SWMBO has recently got her hands on an Acer Aspire one running Linpus Lite and there's absolutely no security on it

Personally I'd dump Linpus and put on openSUSE but it's her box and she likes the simple interface that Acer have supplied so maybe I can set up the encrypted $HOME as YaST does for openSUSE if I can find out what to do.

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I got this error when installing 11.3 64 with the home partition encrypted.

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I've been wanting this for several years - even going as far as trying to get a copy of CheckPoint. That's waht my organization uses on all Wintendo laptops and is required.

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I have tried this but it did not work: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1337693

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May 26, 2010

I have an Acer Aspire One, Model ZG5 (also known as the 110 with 8GB SSD) which originally came with Linpus Lite installed on it.

I previously had 9.10 installed which was great, but I've done a fresh install of UNR 10.04 since I had a full /home partition and wanted to set up with more space.

This time, I opted for a larger /home drive (~4GB) and also to have it encrypted, which is a good idea for netbooks given their portability (and I have no idea why I didn't do it before!). Since I had very little space on my 8GB drive (if I wanted a larger /home) then I installed /home onto a separate partition, which is located on a 16GB SD card which lives in my machine permanently.

Installation was a breeze, and encryption seems to work fine. I have verified it and it seems to be working. However, I've now hit two related problems - one of which is to do with Thunderbird, and one which is an issue with the encrypted /home drive.

Firstly, I have a large gmail account which I like to replicate offline in Thunderbird (am using v 3.0.4). My online gmail tells me that I'm using 1.4GB of data space online. Using the old T'bird (v2.whatever) my offline T'bird storage was approximately the same size. This is not now true of my current offline storage file size, which is showing at 3.2GB for the same data. I started with a clean slate, just installing T'bird, setting up my account and then leaving it to download all data from Google.

Anyone know why this offline size is so much bigger than the online storage size or even the previous offline storage size?

Secondly, the encrypted /home drive. Given that I needed I put this on a separate card and partition, I had hoped to escape any issues with not having enough space. However, my system is now telling me that /home is out of space...

Specifically, I can see that I have used 3.6 of my 3.8GB storage for /home. This is due to the large size of my offline storage folder.

As I see it, I need to do one of two things (possibly both) - reduce the size of my offline e-mail storage, and increase the size of my /home partition.

Reducing the offline storage will be about finding out why it's so big in the first place.

However, if I wanted to increase the size of my encrypted /home file how would I do this? I have used gparted to make additional space after it - so I could increase the size if it's possible, but I am a little concerned.

If I just increase the size of the partition, would this work? Are there issues with the fact that it's an encrypted partition? What should I be aware of if I wanted to increase an already in-use partition, and how should I best go about this?

Do I need to do it from a live USB image?

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I encrypted my home partition with the YaST Partitioner tool, but now I can't access it anymore. After I encrypted it I rebooted the machine and thought that it would prompt me a password field to access the partition, but now I can't access it at all. I tried "mount -t ext4 /dev/sda7 /home" which gives me that error after I entered the password: "mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda7, missing codepage or helper program, or other error In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so"

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Fast forward to this past week. I brought in the laptop to Best Buy for repairs to the hinge (the hinge! Ace Hardware could fix this problem! But I wanted to make full use of the service plan.), and I got a phone call a few days later, saying that it hit Best Buy's "No Lemon" policy. They were going to keep my computer and give me in-store credit toward a new one. Of course, I refused to pay ~$70 for them to back up my data for me; what could possibly happen to it when they were fixing a hardware problem?

Anyways, I pleaded with them for my hard drive back, and they said that they could ship the hard drive back to the store so I could get my data off of it. I'm planning on going in there with my external backup hard drive and an external enclosure and doing it myself at the counter (If they charge $70 to back up a Windows partition, how much more will they charge for an encrypted Linux one?). I don't want to embarrass myself by standing around and not being able to get into my own data.

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Mar 27, 2010

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how to make the install format the root partition I think it is, and the 'home' partition, so I can start fresh.

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I'd like to reinstall openSUSE 11.3 on a pc and would like to preserve the /home partition. The current partiton structure is

sda1 /boot
sda2 /swap
sda3 /extended partition
sda4 /
sda5 /home

When the installer gets to the point to set up the partitions it offers something like

sda1 /
sda2 /swap
sda3 /home

I'm not sure which option to take now. I assume I choose the option to edit the partitions but I'm not clear how to preserve the /home as it's now got a different partition number or does that no matter as long as I choose not to format it? Also, to replicate the original partition structure I'd need to delete the partitions and add them in the correct order but would that destroy the /home?I'm a bit confused with how it will work.

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Dec 28, 2009

This is strange. I moved OS 11.1 from an old 150 GB PATA drive over to a 500 GB SATA using Parted Magic. The old and new partitions were

Code:
OLD:
/dev/sda1 - 19.99 GB, mounted as / (root partition)
/dev/sda2 - 97.82 GB, mounted as /home
/dev/sdb1 - 29.52 GB, Windows XP
NEW:
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/dev/sda2 -292.97 GB, mounted as /home
/dev/sda3 - 45.82 GB, Windows XP

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I've used Yast's partitioner about a dozen times, trying "device by ID" and other settings. I always get the same thing when I reboot. On this last reboot, when it refused to log into /home, I ALT-F3'd, logged in as root, did a "cat" on "/etc/fstab" and entered the device-by-id line exactly as I saw it there and it mounted the /home directory just fine! ALT-F7, logged into KDE. I'm typing this in KDE now. Works fine. I so rarely need to reboot this machine that I can manually mount the /home partition, if need be, but (obviously) I'd like it to be mounted automatically during the boot.

Here's my /etc/fstab:
Code:
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Hitachi_HDP725050GLA360_GEA534RV0DJ4LA-part1 / ext3
acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Hitachi_HDP725050GLA360_GEA534RV0DJ4LA-part2 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr user,acl,1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Hitachi_HDP725050GLA360_GEA534RV0DJ4LA-part3 /windows/C
ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0 .....

I don't see anything obviously wrong here. The fact that I can take that second line and do a manual "mount" shows me that the device ID is at least correct. Just to be clear, here's what I entered in virtual terminal 3 as root to get my home partition to mount:
Code:
mount /dev/disk/by-id/ata-Hitachi_HDP725050GLA360_GEA534RV0DJ4LA-part2 /home
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Code:
dyn-0a2a1f40:/ # df -h .....

That seem to be roughly correct because since yesterday I've been running a program that constantly writes logs and other data files and plots, which might have accumulated a few GB's. It is also collaborated by the output of

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Code:
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Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
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Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x219b052d .....

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