Re: [PATCH net-next v3 02/17] zinc: introduce minimal cryptography library

From: Ard Biesheuvel
Date: Fri Sep 14 2018 - 02:21:07 EST

On 12 September 2018 at 20:34, Eric Biggers <ebiggers@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 08:19:21PM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
>> On 12 September 2018 at 20:16, Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > Hi Eric,
>> >
>> > On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 12:08 AM Eric Biggers <ebiggers@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >> I'd strongly prefer the assembly to be readable too. Jason, I'm not sure if
>> >> you've actually read through the asm from the OpenSSL implementations, but the
>> >> generated .S files actually do lose a lot of semantic information that was in
>> >> the original .pl scripts.
>> >
>> > The thing to keep in mind is that the .S was not directly and blindly
>> > generated from the .pl. We started with the output of the .pl, and
>> > then, particularly in the case of x86_64, worked with it a lot, and
>> > now it's something a bit different. We've definitely spent a lot of
>> > time reading that assembly.
>> >
>> Can we please have those changes as a separate patch? Preferably to
>> the .pl file rather than the .S file, so we can easily distinguish the
>> code from upstream from the code that you modified.
>> > I'll see if I can improve the readability with some register name
>> > remapping on ARM. No guarantees, but I'll play a bit and see if I can
>> > make it a bit better.
>> >
>> > Jason
> FWIW, yesterday I made a modified version of that generates an
> asm file that works in kernel mode. The changes are actually pretty small, and
> I think we can get them upstream into OpenSSL like they were for
> and I'll start a thread with Andy Polyakov and you two.
> But I don't have time to help with all the many OpenSSL asm files Jason is
> proposing, just maybe poly1305-armv4 and chacha-armv4 for now.

Thanks Eric. I reached out to Andy Polyakov off line, and he is happy
to work with us again on this, although he did point out that our
experiences on ARM may not extrapolate to x86_64, given the fact that
the perl sources there also contain parameterization for the calling
convention differences between Windows and SysV.