Chapter 25. Configuring automated unlocking using a Tang key in the web console

Configure automated unlocking of a LUKS-encrypted storage device using a key provided by a Tang server.


  • The RHEL 8 web console has been installed.

    For details, see Installing the web console.

  • The cockpit-storaged package is installed on your system.
  • The cockpit.socket service is running at port 9090.
  • The clevis, tang, and clevis-dracut packages are installed.
  • A Tang server is running.


  1. Open the RHEL web console by entering the following address in a web browser:


    Replace the localhost part by the remote server’s host name or IP address when you connect to a remote system.

  2. Provide your credentials and click Storage. Click > to expand details of the encrypted device you want to unlock using the Tang server, and click Encryption.
  3. Click + in the Keys section to add a Tang key:

    RHEL web console: Encryption
  4. Provide the address of your Tang server and a password that unlocks the LUKS-encrypted device. Click Add to confirm:

    RHEL web console: Add Tang key

    The following dialog window provides a command to verify that the key hash matches.

  5. In a terminal on the Tang server, use the tang-show-keys command to display the key hash for comparison. In this example, the Tang server is running on the port 7500:

    # tang-show-keys 7500
  6. Click Trust key when the key hashes in the web console and in the output of previously listed commands are the same:

    RHEL web console: Verify Tang key
  7. To enable the early boot system to process the disk binding, click Terminal at the bottom of the left navigation bar and enter the following commands:

    # yum install clevis-dracut
    # grubby --update-kernel=ALL --args="rd.neednet=1"
    # dracut -fv --regenerate-all


  1. Check that the newly added Tang key is now listed in the Keys section with the Keyserver type:

    RHEL web console: A keyserver key is listed
  2. Verify that the bindings are available for the early boot, for example:

    # lsinitrd | grep clevis
    -rwxr-xr-x   1 root     root         1600 Feb 11 16:30 usr/bin/clevis
    -rwxr-xr-x   1 root     root         1654 Feb 11 16:30 usr/bin/clevis-decrypt
    -rwxr-xr-x   2 root     root           45 Feb 11 16:30 usr/lib/dracut/hooks/initqueue/settled/
    -rwxr-xr-x   1 root     root         2257 Feb 11 16:30 usr/libexec/clevis-luks-askpass