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encrypted filesystem not encrypted?

Hi all,

I was not sure which list to send this to, so I choose a couple that looked like decent fits, please advise if there is one more specific to the encryption.

I am currently working on a project where we are converting some of our filesystems to an encrypted fs using LVM2. We are running RHEL: "2.6.9-55.0.2.ELsmp #1 SMP Tue Jun 12 17:59:08 EDT 2007 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux"

We setup an encrypted filesystem using one of the open partitions on the physical hard drive using "cryptsetup create /dev/sda3" We have verified this using the cryptsetup status, This shows the filesystem as being encrypted as aes_plain 256 bit key. We then created an LVM and mounted the filesystem using the LVM.

All seems to be well, except when our testers ran the following command:
head -c 5000 /dev/sda3

They got some output that includes clear text and obviously not encrypted data (along with encrypted data). Some things are date formatted strings like 20050912 which appears quite a few times in the mounted filesystem, and in the raw device (/dev/sda3).

I can post the exact commands that were used to create the filesystem, but they are basically
create partition ...sda3
cryptsetup create /dev/sda3 (prompts for passphrase)

(TIA) any help (or light shed on this) is greatly appreciated!


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