Feature changed by: Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger)
Feature #305633, revision 9
Title: Support installation with encrypted root file system
Requested by: Stephan Kleine (bitshuffler)
Partner organization: openSUSE.org
One thing openSUSE is really missing, compared with other popular
distributions, is the ability to install into an encrypted root file
system so _everything_ is encrypted.
While the manual installation / setup like described at
it is still cumbersome and error-prone to setup - especially on systems
with small hard disks like e.g. laptops.
IMHO this subject gets more and more important not only for laptops but
also for normal workstations with respect to the global decline of
Since all the necessary software is in place and Yast already has the
option (including the GUI) to encrypt /home this shouldn't be that hard
to do and would be a great feature for 11.1 (especially if you keep in
mind that this will be the base for the next SLE version and
corporations love security functionality provided out of the box as an
Important points are:
1. it should work with LVMs as well 2. it should be possible to
automatically generate a key on startup to encrypt the swap partition
(given, this would disable suspend) 3. one should be able to use the
same password for several partitions so one has to enter it just one
time instead of once for every partition.
* Bug #397411 - Hibernation won't work with encrypted swap
* Bug #399298 - encrypt swap partions by default on every boot using a
* Bug #166067 - sysinfo:/ does not list encrypted /home partition
+ * Bug #467349 - Partitioner does not allow to configure LVM2 on top of
- Easy to use Full Disk Encryption (feature/id: 304470)
- Support installation with encrypted root file system
+ - Partitioner does not allow to configure LVM2 on top of DM-Crypt
+ (novell/bugzilla/id: 467349)
#1: Arvin Schnell (aschnell) (2008-08-08 11:39:11)
Full disk encryption is already under discussion in fate #304470.
Sorry, but it's not public.
#2: Stephan Kleine (bitshuffler) (2008-12-17 09:49:10)
Reopened because the whole installer was rewritten but still no one
cared to add this.
I'm sorry, but this feature request is about adding root file system
encryption to openSUSE. When, or if at all, you add it to SLE, I
couldn't care less about it, but I surely don't want to wait till SLE
Also I understand that you don't want to track and update 2 different
locations but, since that feature is asked for quite often, IMHO there
should be a location for openSUSE users to express their need (as in
vote) for it and to CC themself to get notified on updates / when it
finally is implemented.
Making the fate entry public at https://features.opensuse.org/
nice to have as well (since it isn't actual rocket science and suse is
one of the last distributions to add this feature there shouldn't be a
reason to track this behind closed doors) but I can happily live
without it as long as you leave this request open so people can vote
for it & cc themself.
Thanks a lot.
+ #5: Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger) (2009-01-21 15:13:20)
+ Bug #467349 says: With the current partitioner in the openSuSE 11.1
+ Installer it is not possible to configure a partition for encryption
+ using dm-crypt and then using the resulting device for LVM2. This
+ missing feature hurts a lot because it requires the user who wants to
+ encrypt the whole disk including swap to enter multiple passwords at
+ boot. Swap encryption with a user defined password is very useful for
+ encrypted suspend/resume on notebooks.
+ #6: Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger) (2009-01-21 15:14:14) (reply to #5)
+ If we do this feature, we should check whether we do #5 as well - and
+ then might need to do an extra feature for it.