Linux Unified Key Setup
While most disk encryption software implements different and incompatible, undocumented formats, LUKS specifies a platform-independent standard on-disk format for use in various tools. This not only facilitates compatibility and interoperability amongst different programs, but also assures that they all implement password management in a secure and documented manner.
The reference implementation for LUKS operates on Linux and is based on an enhanced version of cryptsetup, using dm-crypt as the disk encryption backend. Under Microsoft Windows, LUKS-encrypted disks can be used with FreeOTFE.
The design of LUKS aimed to conform to the TKS1 secure key setup scheme.
- Fruhwirth, Clemens (December 8, 2008). "LUKS On-Disk Format Specification Version 1.1.1". Retrieved 9 December 2010.
- Clemens Fruhwirth (2004-07-15). "TKS1 – An anti-forensic, two level, and iterated key setup scheme" (PDF). draft. Retrieved 2006-12-12.
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