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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/3] ima: use ahash API for file hash calculation
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On Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 01:05:39 AM, Dmitry Kasatkin wrote:
> On 10 July 2014 00:00, Marek Vasut <marex@denx.de> wrote:
> > On Tuesday, July 08, 2014 at 10:07:16 AM, Dmitry Kasatkin wrote:
> > [...]
> >
> >> > Right, but my concern is not about unloading the kernel module, but
> >> > about the IMA module parameters left initialized. The existing code
> >> > will continue using ahash (software version), even though the kernel
> >> > module was unloaded, not shash. My question is about the software
> >> > implementations of ahash vs. shash performance.
> >> >
> >> > Mimi
> >>
> >> If HW driver will not be available, ahash loads generic driver which is
> >> using shash.
> >> Performance of that will be the same as for using shash directly.
> >
> > Hi Dmitry, I think Mimi is concerned about the crypto accelerator dying
> > mid- flight.
> >
> > Imagine a situation where you have a hardware crypto accelerator
> > connected via USB. You happily use IMA with this setup for days and then
> > someone comes around and pulls the USB cable out. Will this be able to
> > cope with such situation, for example by switching to software
> > operations or such in some sane way ?
> >
> > I presume that's the concern here.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Marek Vasut
>
> Hi Marek,

Hi!

> Nice to here from you. How was your rest stay at Japan?

Thanks for asking, not sure there is a super-positive ultra-awesome word to
express that, so in short, I had the time of my life. Love that country ;-)

> I have not seen any expression of such concern.

All right, that was my understanding of the entire discussion -- an accelerator
dying mid-way and what will IMA do about that.

> But as we fallback to early allocated shash, which is not USB yet,
> then there is no problem.
> ahash itself does not bring any other additional problem than shash itself.
> They are compiled builtin together.

Sure, I understood that. But what will happen if the ahash accelerator stops
working mid-flight, will IMA also go bonkers or is there some graceful stop?

Best regards,
Marek Vasut


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