Am Freitag, 11. August 2017, 07:13:30 CEST schrieb Marcel Holtmann:

Hi Marcel,

> > 
> > The last round of reviews for AF_ALG akcipher left off at an impasse
> > around a year ago: the consensus was that hardware key support was
> > needed, but that requirement was in conflict with the "always have a
> > software fallback" rule for the crypto subsystem. For example, a private
> > key securely generated by and stored in a TPM could not be copied out for
> > use by a software algorithm. Has anything come about to resolve this
> > impasse?
> > 
> > There were some patches around to add keyring support by associating a key
> > ID with an akcipher socket, but that approach ran in to a mismatch
> > between the proposed keyring API for the verify operation and the
> > semantics of AF_ALG verify.
> > 
> > AF_ALG is best suited for crypto use cases where a socket is set up once
> > and there are lots of reads and writes to justify the setup cost. With
> > asymmetric crypto, the setup cost is high when you might only use the
> > socket for a brief time to do one verify or encrypt operation.
> > 
> > Given the efficiency and hardware key issues, AF_ALG seems to be
> > mismatched with asymmetric crypto. Have you looked at the proposed
> > keyctl() support for crypto operations?
> we have also seen hardware now where the private key will never leave the
> crypto hardware. They public and private key is only generated for key
> exchange purposes and later on discarded again. Asymmetric ciphers are
> really not a good fit for AF_ALG and they should be solely supported via
> keyctl.

Thanks for the reminder. I have looked at that but I am unsure about whether 
this one covers asym crypto appropriately, too.

The issue is that some hardware may only offer accelerators without a full 
blown RSA siggen/ver logic (that pulls in PKCS or OAEP or others). How do you 
propose to cover raw primitives with keyctl?


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