quick encrypted folder

i wanted an encrypted folder that i could throw around like a file to easily backup in different ways. encfs and ecryptfs are usually better solutions for most people. i wanted one file for my entire directory, so this worked out okay.

set up

first step, create a file suitably large to hold your filesystem

# dd if=/dev/urandom of=derp bs=1M count=10

now mount it with losetup (modprobe loop if not loaded) so that we cna use it as a block device

# losetup -f

this just tells me what the next available loop device is.

# losetup /dev/loop0 derp 

/dev/loop0 is now like a normal block device. so lets set up dmcrypt on it (modprobe dm_crypt if this is not loaded).

follow the instructions, the defaults should be okay but there are more options you can give it. this command will set up a password used to protect the file.

# cryptsetup luksFormat /dev/loop0

now open it.

# cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/loop0 encstore

enter your password, now we have something like a normal disk device that we can format using whatever fs we want.

# mkfs.ext4 /dev/mapper/encstore

this sets up the encrypted folder. from here i can mount it or whatever.


if we had set up a file derp to be an encrypted folder like in the set up, this is how i would mount it.

# losetup -f
# losetup /dev/loop0 derp
# cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/loop0 encstore
# mount /dev/mapper/encstore /mnt/sec

now i can put files in /mnt/sec and feel okay about it.


this is how i unmount it

# umount /mnt/sec
# cryptsetup luksClose encstore
# losetup -d /dev/loop0

now i can copy derp to whatever disk i want, write it to a dvd, save to a usb, email it, whatever.