Re: [patch 1/4] Add routine for generating an ID for kernel pointer

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Wed Dec 28 2011 - 11:45:35 EST


On Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 08:40:55PM +0400, Cyrill Gorcunov wrote:
> > We have the whole crypto subsystem dealing with this. It sure would
> > be more complex than ^ operator but it's not like you have to open
> > code the whole thing. Is it really that complex to use?
> No, Tejun, the use of crypto engine is not hard but it means more memory
> consumption (one need to carry resulting hashes and print them out into
> /proc) and more cpu consuption while we really need some fast and cheap
> solution. Unlike other usage of crypto engine (such as encoding for net
> layer, iirc ipsec uses it) I'm not really convinced we should use that
> heavy artillery here ;)

But the cost would be attributed to the user requesting that specific
data and given the amount of data to be hashed, I don't think the
computational or memory overhead should be the deciding design factor
here. There are far more grave issues here. Userland visible API and

> I see, I could use some other form of output, it's not a problem. The main
> problem which interface community prefer, should I really switch to crypto
> usage or we can leave with root-only+plain-pointer approach?

I don't know either but if proper hashing (crypto or not) is simple
enough, this really isn't a tradeoff we need to make, no?


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