Linux Unified Key Setup

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The Linux Unified Key Setup, commonly known as LUKS, is a disk encryption specification created by Clemens Fruhwirth, originally intended for GNU/Linux.

LUKS specifies a platform-independent standard on-disk format for use in various security tools. It aims at giving disk encryption software a documented and compatible format.

This not only facilitates compatibility and interoperability amongst various different software, but also assures that they all implement password management in a secure and documented manner.

The reference implementation for LUKS works on GNU/Linux and is based on an enhanced version of cryptsetup, using dm-crypt as the disk encryption backend.

LUKS encrypted disks can be used with FreeOTFE under Microsoft Windows.

LUKS has been designed to conform to the TKS1 secure key setup scheme.


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