No encrypted keyfile for cryptroot in Hardy
Binary package hint: initramfs-tools
From what is currently provided in Hardy there seems to be an inconsistency between handling a cryptroot and crypted devices via crypttab.
By using cryptroot I'm referring to a crypted root (/) which is directly mounted after initializing the kernel.
While calling /etc/init.
In crypttab you can provide keyfile for a crypted partition which itself is again crypted. e.g. file file1 is aes-encrypted and therefore must be mounted as block-dev beforehand so it can be used as input-key for a partition.
When using cryptroot while booting the system this does not work. There is no losetup in the cpio-arc and therefore unlocking will fail.
The solution might be something like copying losetup when generating the cpio-arc which is fairly easly:
-> copy_exec /sbin/losetup /sbin
The second thing is to extend the cryptroot script in initramfs with sth like
losetup "$loopdev" "$src" || return 1
in case the src is not a block-dev
I have experimented with this but it would be nice to have this integrated with the stream so any updates to the kernel or initramfs will have this change. Otherwise if you forget to patch your cpio-arc your system will be.... errr... b0rked. :)