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VeraCrypt vs. dm-crypt/LUKS (Ubuntu and Debian default): Which is better?

Topics: Users Discussion
Mar 15, 2017 at 6:56 AM
I've been using Windows + VeraCrypt for the last two years, but I'm currently migrating to Ubuntu (specifically Xubuntu). I want to use full disk encryption in Ubuntu so my two options are dm-crypt/LUKS or VeraCrypt.

Which one is stronger? Additionally, what are the default settings for the full disk encryption in Ubuntu? I attempted to google this but I failed to find the default settings. I know that VeraCrypt can do cascading algorithms but dm-crypt/LUKS can't. It may be possible to configure dm-crypt/LUKS to be as secure as VeraCrypt, but the installation is transparent and doesn't mention the default settings, much less allow you to change them.

With VeraCrypt I'm using cascading algorithms AES(Twofish(Serpent)), XTS, HMAC-SHA-256. Can dm-crypt/LUKS be configured to use the same?

Please help.
Mar 15, 2017 at 4:56 PM
LUKS main advantage is kernel level encryption(faster). VeraCrypt uses FUSE.
VeraCrypt is cross platform tool and it is possible to create hidden encrypted volume easy