Re: RE: Cryptography in the kernel (was: Re: Linux 2.5 / 2.6 TODO (preliminary))

From: Matthew Dharm (
Date: Fri Jun 02 2000 - 06:07:26 EST

You know, this entire crypto thread just reminded me of something...

How many people have heard of GNU Privacy Guard (gpg)? Because of patent
restrictions (i.e. laws), it cannot be distributed in the United States
with an RSA engine in it. Oddly enough, there is a run-time plug-in module
that will provide the RSA engine it needs to function perfectly.

Why don't we just do something like this? Aim to make any crypto
components of the kernel modularizeable. Perhaps even attempt to make them
compilable outside of a normal kernel source tree. It might be slightly
ineffecient to have to do a table lookup to determine if crypto is
available at runtime, but does it cost us that much?

Matt Dharm

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