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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Delete cryptoloop
    Andrew Morton said:
    > wrote:
    >> Hopefully someone else will follow up, but I hope I'm somewhat
    >> convincing:
    > Not really ;)
    > Your points can be simplified to "I don't use cryptoloop, but someone else
    > might" and "we shouldn't do this in a stable kernel".

    Well, you're incorrect about my not using cryptoloop. Sorry I wasn't
    convincing enough. :)

    > Well, I want to hear from "someone else". If removing cryptoloop will
    > irritate five people, well, sorry. If it's 5,000 people, well maybe not.

    I don't think you'll get 5000 replies... about anything. ;)

    > Yes, I buy the "stable kernel" principle, but here we have an example
    > where
    > it conflicts with the advancement of the kernel, and we need to make a
    > judgement call.

    I don't buy the "conflicts with the advancement" part, but I'll defer to
    your judgement. ;)

    > Actually, my most serious concern with cryptoloop is the claim that it is
    > insufficiently secure. If this is true then we'd be better off removing
    > the feature altogether rather than (mis)leading our users into thinking
    > that their data is secure.

    I believe 1) the current documentation already notifies people of the
    security issues, 2) there are workarounds, and 3) the replacement has
    security issues of its own.

    Dm-crypt is still unstable, doesn't have all the features of cryptoloop
    (please see my previous message), yet you wish to dump cryptoloop? At
    least cryptoloop is a known quantity.

    Once dm-crypt can be shown to have all the features of the software it's
    meant to _replace_, I'll be more likely to agree. Otherwise, it sounds
    like this decision is being made on a whim.


    Dale Fountain

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