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SubjectRe: RFC(ry): breaking loop.c's IV calculation
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hello!

On Mon, 2001-12-03 at 20:00, Jari Ruusu wrote:
> Herbert Valerio Riedel wrote:
>> well, I've put one patch together (it still needs (constructive)
>> auditing though! jari?) here it is (it's against 2.4.16's loop.[ch])

> 1) For 2.4 kernels, IV type must remain int, not loop_iv_t, ok?
> Make the type loop_iv_t for 2.5 kernels but not for 2.4.
no problem, the typedef can be changed to

typedef int loop_iv_t;

that way the API does not change; it just looks more consistent...

IMHO having a typedef in loop.h instead of hardcoding it to an 'int' is
more flexible and less error-prone...

> 2) Get rid of the loop_get_bs() crap.
btw, what's the motivation for it? I'd also like to know why it was used
in the first place at all... :-)

On Mon, 2001-12-03 at 23:22, Jari Ruusu wrote:
> I have attached my version of loop.c bug fixes. These are extracted from
> loop-AES and are well tested.
although I'm quite confident you patch is well tested, it goes well
beyond fixing only the IV calculation and as such represents a major
change to the loop.c driver -- I'm curious whether it will be accepted
for 2.4.x... :-) ; but don't get me wrong, I'll be quite happy if it
goes in nevertheless!

just a minor note regarding source 'aesthetics';

it would be more self-explaining IMNSHO if you used some macro constant
for the '9' shifting instead of hardcoding it...:

int IV = index * (PAGE_CACHE_SIZE >> 9) + (offset >> 9);

in your patch vs. in my patch:

/* loop.h */
#define LOOP_IV_SECTOR_BITS 9
#define LOOP_IV_SECTOR_SIZE (1 << LOOP_IV_SECTOR_BITS)

typedef int loop_iv_t;

/* loop.c */
const loop_iv_t IV =
(index << (PAGE_CACHE_SHIFT - LOOP_IV_SECTOR_BITS))
+ (offset >> LOOP_IV_SECTOR_BITS);

it makes also life easier for filters which include loop.h, cause you
can check for the presence of the #defines above, whether a fixed loop.c
is available or not; and we are also prepared for the (even if unlikely)
event that those constants are changed some time...

> - IV computed in 512 byte units.
> - Make device backed loop work with swap by pre-allocating pages.
btw, just as a side note; IMHO this is a neat feature, but encrypted
swap shouldn't be done on top of a loop device but more like the bsd
people do it, as it allows for more interesting IV & key management
schemes...

> - External encryption module locking bug fixed (from Ingo Rohloff).
> - Get rid of the loop_get_bs() crap.
> - grab_cache_page() return value handled properly, avoids Oops.
> - No more illegal messing with BH_Dirty flag.
> - No more illegal sleeping in generic_make_request().
> - Loops can be set-up properly when root partition is still mounted ro.
> - Default soft block size is set properly for file backed loops.
> - kmalloc() error case handled properly.

regards,
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