Re: [PATCH v2 02/10] crypto: AF_ALG: user space interface for cipher info

From: Steffen Klassert
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 - 02:06:09 EST

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 05:03:24AM +0100, Stephan Mueller wrote:
> Am Dienstag, 18. November 2014, 22:08:23 schrieb Herbert Xu:
> Hi Herbert, Steffen,
> >
> > We already have crypto_user so you should be extending that to
> > cover what's missing.
> After playing a bit with the interface, I think it falls short supporting
> AF_ALG in the following way:
> crypto_user cannot be applied to the currently active cipher that one has open
> with AF_ALG. For getting information, one has to call crypto_user with the
> cra_driver_name of a cipher. (Why is that limitation, btw (see crypto_report
> and the use of cru_driver_name?)

crypto_report() was intended to provide informations of one implementation
of a algorithm, so it was required to specify this algorithm exactly with

We could extend crypto_report() to provide informations of the algorithm
with the highest priority that matches cra_name.

Or, we also have crypto_dump_report(). This basically provides informations
on all instantiated algorithms, similar to /proc/crypto. We could extend
this in a way that you can provide a cra_name. Then it can dump out the
informations of all algorithms that match cra_name.

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