oblanco
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Resolving Storage Device Encryption Issues

On this lab  

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https://role.rhu.redhat.com/rol-rhu/app/courses/rh342-8.4/pages/ch11s03

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If they are going to reboot the virtual machine before they run the script to grade the exam, the changes will not be persistent, How are they going to unencrypt the hard drive automatically aftere reboot ? 

 

You have to create a key file for example:

 

steps 1) create a file

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   dd if=/dev/random of=/root/lukskey bs=32 count=1

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Step 2) Copy the existing key

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 cryptsetup luksAddKey /dev/vdb1 /root/lukskey

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Step 3) Create the crypttab file under /etc

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 vi /etc/crypttab

finance /dev/vdb1 /root/lukskey

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The 3 steps above will unecrypt the harddrive automatically during the reboot to grade the exam.

 

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Wasim_Raja
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@oblanco I am not sure how exactly the grading happens but believe me it is very well tried and tested and all the needed measures are taken while grading any exam.

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oblanco
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I believe you but the reason I am taking the time to write about this type of situation is to help people who are studying the material and encounter this type of issue. At the end of the day, I am contributing to make this course with a better user experience

Chetan_Tiwary_
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@oblanco I agree ! Thank you for the post !

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Wasim_Raja
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+1 @oblanco 

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Fran_Garcia
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I have not taken this exam myself, but in general the recommendation is to always look at the exam objectives, not only the training course. For this one: https://www.redhat.com/en/services/training/ex342-red-hat-certified-specialist-linux-diagnostics-and... :

"Recover data from encrypted file systems"  <-- this seems to be the only objective related to encryption. Pay attention to the wording of the objective

 

Cheers

Fran

 

Chetan_Tiwary_
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Hey @Fran_Garcia I agree that exam objective talks only about recovering data from encrypted device but this is  a genuine question and a workaround for issues like this when we mention a lot about making things persist across reboots. Also, I belive we should base our learning on all the course contents irrespective of what will come in the exam or not ( we can obviously focus on objectives when we are revising / reviewing / preparing for only the exam perspective ).

What do you think ?

Fran_Garcia
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Indeed. I just wanted to avoid spending too much time thinking about potential exam environment scenarios that are just not there

 

In any case, for any real world deployment where automatic booting of systems that are encrypted, we have the NBDE solution based on clevis+tang documented here: 

https://access.redhat.com/articles/6987053

https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/9/html-single/security_harden...

 

Cheers

Fran

Chetan_Tiwary_
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Thanks much @Fran_Garcia ! 

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oblanco
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The reason I opened this thread is to make some awarenes that if the Virtual machines gets rebooted, the harddrive is not going to be decrypted automatically and a quick way to do it is by following the steps I shared. If you are running the lab and this question pops in your mind , How am I going to get graded if the harddrives are not getting decrypted automatically , Am I going to failed the entire exam ?  @Wasim_Raja  explained that there are separate teams , the ones who creates the trainings and the ones who cretes the certification exams so for the exams, they are already taking care about this situations I guess but for those who are studying the labs,  It is not especified that you need reboot the VM and I guess you should expect the same thing in the exam but based on my experience with other certification exams, everything needs to survive a reboot so I guess I will confirm it in this thread once I do the exam next week and I hope we can have a note at the botton on the lab clarifying this. NOTE: In the exam you don't need to worry about you hard drives getting decrypted and mounted or something like that. If someone add the encrypted hard drive into the /etc/fstab and the hard drive fails to mount , the entire VM is going to fail to BOOT this is why it is important to clarify it 

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