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Date:	Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:10:30 +0200
From:	Andreas Dilger <>
To:	Theodore Ts'o <>,
	Michael Halcrow <>
Cc:	linux-ext4 <>
Subject: Potential problems with ext4 crypto

I recently found a blog describing ext4 crypto:

that reported several problems with the ext4 crypto code.  Sadly, it
doesn't seem that these issues were reported to the list, only the
blog, so I'm not sure if any of the crypto developers are aware of them?

I looked through the Git commit logs, and don't see any significant
patches to the crypto code since before 4.1 was released, so I'd guess
these issues are still open?

Is there anything that could be done about the leakage of the file size
for encrypted inodes without the decryption key?  It seems that it would
at least be possible to return the size rounded up to the end of the
block, to at least disguise the file sizes a bit without losing the
file data if there is some valid reason to copy it encrypted (some
garbage bytes would be left at the end of the file when decrypted).

Cheers, Andreas

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