Re: [patch 0/3] crypto: padlock-aes: enable on VIA Nano

From: Harald Welte
Date: Tue Jun 09 2009 - 14:50:25 EST

On Tue, Jun 09, 2009 at 10:35:33AM -0400, Chuck Ebbert wrote:
> The VIA Nano has a bug that makes the padlock unit fetch extra data
> during encryption operations. Add workarounds for that, and enable
> the driver on x86_64.


Where did you get the errata from, and what kind of document / revision is it?
I have not seen that document so far.

I've asked Centaur to confirm the errata, also inquired whether there will be
a microcode update or a new stepping to fix it. If yes, we should add proper
checks to the workaround to make sure it's only enabled when we need it.

Out of curiosity: Only the ACE (crypto) is affected, not PHE (hashing)?

I'll also put on my todo list to do some actual benchmarking to determine
how much impact this bug has. I expect especially for storage encryption,
many crypto operations will be page aligned and thus need the extra memcpy :(

p.s.: the patch to enable padlock on x86_64 is already in the crypto-dev tree,
as far as I know. Interestingly, I have not observed this problem so far,
despite running dm-crypt on a nano for quite some time.

- Harald Welte <HaraldWelte@xxxxxxxxxxx>
VIA Free and Open Source Software Liaison
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