The Mandos system allows computers to have encrypted root file systems and at the same time be capable of remote or unattended reboots.The authentication is handled by a small bootloader which connects securely to another server, and fetches the password from it. The computers run a small client program in the initial RAM disk environment which will communicate with a server over a network. All network communication is encrypted using TLS. The clients are identified by the server using an OpenPGP key that is unique to each client. The server sends the clients an encrypted password. The encrypted password is decrypted by the clients using the same OpenPGP key, and the password is then used to unlock the root file system.