cannot access encrypted USB drive with Thunar in Whonix 15

I posted this issue on http://forums.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/t/whonix-virtualbox-15-0-0-4-9-point-release/8076 but this thread is probably the right place for this.

Assuming it is permissions, I tried to run


from the command line and got the same results as expected. Then, I tried

lxsudo Thunar

but that doesn’t show the USB drive.

And installing cryptsetup by default fixes this issue?

cryptsetup should be already installed by default?

Installing cryptsetup (manually) fixed the original issue in Whonix 14.

In Whonix 15, cryptsetup is already installed by default, but it doesn’t help. This time it seems like another problem though - there are no error messages at all, but nothing happens after entering the passphrase.

Would it help to start thunar from command line to see any error messages?

Does this also happen in Debian buster?

security-misc/thunar.xml at master · Kicksecure/security-misc · GitHub disables thunar-volman by default for better security.

Thunar → edit → preferences → advanced → enable volume management

Thunar → edit → preferences → advanced → configure → check the removeable storage options

I still don’t see any error messages even when stating it from the command line.

Did you try that?

Yes, I tried it. I don’t see any change.
BTW - accessing an unencrypted USB drive works with or without those settings.

I managed to get an error message now (as a popup window) when instead of double clicking on the device, I right click and choose “Mount”. The follow error is generated:

Error unlocking /dev/sdb1: The function ‘bd_cryto_luks_open_blob’ called, but not implemented.

It appears at any case, with or without the volume management / removeable storage options.

Searching for this error, I got

$ sudo apt install libblockdev-crypto2
$ systemctl restart udisks2.service

I tried it, and now the USB volume doesn’t appear in thunar at all (good thing I saved a snapshot before I did it :slight_smile: )

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Thunar issues could be related to root / sudo / pkexec.

See this thread / try this workaround:

sudo apt install libblockdev-crypto2

Awesome! Somehow overlooked that earlier.

(libblockdev-mdraid2 pull mdadm which I would like to avoid to avoid the added complexity / potential bugs / learn about mdadm.

Thank you!

sudo apt install gvfs

seems to be enough in Whonix in order to make Thunar work well with LUKS volumes!

Will come in Whonix and above.

! In T965#19871, @onion_knight2 wrote:
cannot access encrypted USB drive with Thunar in Whonix 15 - #9 by Patrick

Also, just tried it on Whonix-Host It works.

Please report should this still be broken in next Whonix testers-only or stable release with version number higher than Whonix