Bruteforcing Linux Full Disk Encryption (LUKS) With Hashcat

by Patrick Bell

This walk-through will show you how to Bruteforce LUK volumes using hashcat, how you can mount a LUK partition, and how we can image it once it’s decrypted.

Scenario: You’ve got a Macbook in. MacOS has been removed and Debian 9.0 has been installed. The suspect is using LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup) full disk encryption to encrypt the disk. Password is unknown and we need a forensically sound method to access the data. This is how I’d do it.

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