** Description changed:
libgcrypt20 is not a FIPS certified library. On a machine running FIPS
enabled kernel, the library by default goes into FIPS mode if
/proc/sys/crypto/fips_enabled=1. FIPS mode is not a configurable compile option
currently in the library. Hence FIPS code paths are always executed on a FIPS
enabled machine. In FIPS mode, it runs self tests and integrity checks and it
looks for quality entropy from /dev/random.
On encrypted installations, cryptsetup uses libgcrypt20. During boot on
an encrypted machine running in FIPS mode, cryptsetup invokes libgcrypt
and it stalls looking for quality entropy from /dev/random. This results
in significant delays during startup. The issue was reported by a FIPS
- This issue impacts xenial's version of libgcrypt. In later version of
- libgcrypt in Bionic, the entropy device is a global configurable option
- via /etc/gcrypt/random.conf config file. The config setting "only-
- urandom" can be used to set the entropy device to /dev/urandom globally
- in libgcrypt.
Description: Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
version - 1.6.5-2ubuntu0.3
- Get entropy from /dev/urandom device in FIPS mode. This does not block.
+ Disable the two self tests that require entropy from /dev/random during boot
in FIPS mode.
Tested on a VM installed with xenial desktop iso and one with xenial server
iso. Enabled full disk encryption during install. Tested with and without FIPS.
No delays were observed during boot after the fix patch was applied.
With FIPS enabled on encrypted install, without the patch fix, the boot
stalls before and after prompting for decryption password.
- The regression potential for this is small. This patch does not take away
current functionality. It changes the entropy device in FIPS mode to
/dev/urandom to get faster entropy.
+ The regression potential for this is small. The two self tests disabled does
not impact any other functionality available in fips mode and non-fips mode of
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