Cryptfs Password

Cryptfs Password


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Changes the Android disk encryption password

New: Experimental Lollipop support. Requires SuperSU

If you are using a pattern lock, enter the current password as
a sequence of dot numbers.
Dots are numbered left-to-right, top-to-bottom, starting with 1:

1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9

This tool REQUIRES root access to work. If you are not using disk encryption this tool will not be useful to you. In fact, it will not even start on your device.

*** WARNING ***
If you forget the new password after you change it, you will not be able to boot the device. You will have to perform a factory reset, DELETING all your data. Make sure you take a full backup before using this tool, and REMEMBER THE PASSWORD. You have been warned, use at your own risk!

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) introduced disk encryption and it has been available on all subsequent versions. It encrypts the data partition with a key protected by a user-selected password and requires entering the password in order to boot the device. However, Android uses the device unlock password or PIN as the device encryption password, and doesn't allow you to change them separately. This effectively forces you to use a simple password, since you have to enter it each time you unlock your device, usually dozens of times a day. This tool allows you to change the encryption password to a more secure one, without affecting the screen unlock password/PIN. To change the device encryption password simply:

1. Enter the current password
(initially the same as the unlock password/PIN)
2. Enter and confirm the new password
3. Hit 'Change password'

The changes take effect immediately, but you will only be required to enter the new password the next time you boot your device. Make sure you choose a good password, not based on a dictionary word, since automated tools can brute force a simple password in minutes. Above all, make sure you REMEMBER the new password.

If you change the device unlock password/PIN, the encryption password will be automatically changed as well. You need to use this tool again to change it back, if required.

More details and some background information here:

Not supported on Android L, but may not be required due to changes to disk encryption implementation.
More details about Android L:

This tool is open source. Code is available on Github under the Apache 2.0 license.

Tested on Galaxy Nexus with
* stock Jelly Bean (4.1.1)
* CyanognenMod 9 (4.0.4)

NO WARRANTY. Use at your own risk.

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Recently changed in this version

* Experimental Lollipop support. Requires SuperSU
* Limit to Android <= 4.4
* Support CyanogenMod builtin Superuser app
* Added explicit ACCESS_SUPERUSER permission
* Better special character handling
* Improved password change error message
* Try to rollback to old password if changing fails for an unknown reason
* Support for ICS
* Initial release

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Comments and ratings for Cryptfs Password
  • (74 stars)

    by László Makk on 26/12/2014

    Tried on Nexus 7 (2013) with android 5.0.1

  • (74 stars)

    by Chris Talbot on 21/12/2014

    Successfully worked with Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), both with 5.0.1

  • (74 stars)

    by Adric Norris on 18/12/2014

    This utility makes it possible to drastically improve the security of your (rooted) Android devices. I was thrilled to see it become available for Lollipop, and can attest that it performs its job beautifully.

  • (74 stars)

    by Joe Feise on 15/12/2014

    I've used this app on CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4), and the latest version (not here yet, but on FDroid) works great with Android 5.

  • (74 stars)

    by jatyeo on 19/11/2014

    Now you have a strong password for your device encryption and a simple password for your daily use. It's ridiculous that Google has the two passwords associated, this fixes it quickly and simply

  • (74 stars)

    by Israel Peled on 14/10/2014

    In CM11 you can choose strong password for the encryption device And other PIN password for lock screen..

  • (74 stars)

    by Winthrop Hayes on 28/09/2014

    This solves a primary weakness with Android encryption: boot unlock and screen unlock need to be the same. Need to be rooted to use this. Be interesting to see if Android L has the same limitations. - Great background info on how Android encryption works, too --

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