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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 1/1] use crc32 instead of md5 for hibernation e820 integrity check
Hi!

> > > > Suspend fails on a system in fips mode because md5 is used for the e820
> > > > integrity check and is not available. Use crc32 instead.
> > > >
> > > > This patch changes the integrity check algorithm from md5 to
> > > > crc32. This integrity check is used only to verify accidental
> > > > corruption of the hybernation data
> > >
> > > It isn't used for that.
> > >
> > > In fact, it is used to detect differences between the memory map used
> > > before hibernation and the one made available by the BIOS during the
> > > subsequent resume. And the check is there, because it is generally
> > > unsafe to load the hibernation image into memory if the current memory
> > > map doesn't match the one used when the image was created.
> >
> > So what types of "differences" are you trying to detect? If you need to detect
> > differences caused by someone who maliciously made changes ("malicious" implies
> > they may try to avoid detection), then you need to use a cryptographic hash
> > function (or a cryptographic MAC if the hash value isn't stored separately). If
> > you only need to detect non-malicious changes (normally these would be called
> > "accidental" changes, but sure, it could be changes that are "intentionally"
> > made provided that the other side can be trusted to not try to avoid
> > detection...)
>
> That's the case here.

md5 is fine for this purpose. crc32 may be too weak. I don't see why this needs changing.

Maybe fips should understand that md5 has other uses than crypto?

Best regards,
Pavel

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