[Gluster-users] Gluster Summit BOF - Encryption

Ivan Rossi rouge2507 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 7 08:43:35 UTC 2017

We had a BOF about how to do file-level volume encryption.

Coupled with geo-replication, this feature would be useful for secure
off-site archiving/backup/disaster-recovery of Gluster volumes.

TLDR: It might be possible using EncFS stacked file system on top of a
mount, but it is experimental and untested. At the moment, you are on your

- The built-in encryption translator is strongly deprecated and it may be
  altogether from the code base in the future.

- The kernel-based ecryptfs (http://ecryptfs.org/) stacked file system has a
  known bug with NFS and possibly other network file systems.

- Stacking EncFS (https://github.com/vgough/encfs) on top of a Gluster mount
  should, in principle, work with both native and NFS mounts.  Performance
  going to be low, but still workable in some of the use cases of interest.

- Long term solution: having a client-side translator based on EncFS code.
  there is no plan to develop it.

Hope it is useful to others too.

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