Re: [PATCH v2 01/10] crypto: AF_ALG: add user space interface for AEAD

From: Stephan Mueller
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 - 19:34:30 EST

Am Dienstag, 18. November 2014, 22:06:31 schrieb Herbert Xu:

Hi Herbert,

> On Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 03:23:50AM +0100, Stephan Mueller wrote:
> > AEAD requires the following data in addition to normal symmetric
> >
> > ciphers:
> > * Associated authentication data of arbitrary length
> >
> > * Authentication tag for decryption
> >
> > * Length of authentication tag for encryption
> >
> > The authentication tag data is communicated as part of the actual
> > ciphertext as mandated by the kernel crypto API. Therefore we only need
> > to provide a user space interface for the associated authentication data
> > as well as for the authentication tag length.
> >
> > This patch adds both as a setsockopt interface that is identical to the
> > AF_ALG interface for setting an IV and for selecting the cipher
> > operation type (encrypt or decrypt).
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Stephan Mueller <smueller@xxxxxxxxxx>
> I don't like the fact that we're putting arbitrary limits on
> the AD, as well as the fact that the way you're doing it the
> AD has to be copied.
> How about simply saying that the first X bytes of the input
> shall be the AD?

That is a very good idea.

To cover that approach, the kernel needs to be informed about the length of
the authentication data size to separate the ciphertext/plaintext from the
authentication data.

To cover that, I would recommend to simply send a u32 value to the kernel for
the AD size instead of the AD. The kernel then can adjust the pointers as

I will update the patch in the next days to cover that scenario.


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