Re: [PATCH] Delete cryptoloop

From: Bill Davidsen
Date: Thu Jul 22 2004 - 17:12:29 EST

James Morris wrote:
This patch deletes cryptoloop, which is buggy, unmaintained, and
reportedly has mutliple security weaknesses. Dropping cryptoloop should
also help dm-crypt receive more testing and review.

What part of "stable" has escaped your attention? You want your favorite feature to mature more quickly, so sod all for the people using the existing feature. If you want to use something else go to it, but stop trying to make your favorite feature look better by bad-mouthing something else, like the politicians I see 20 times an hour on TV.

Yes there are people using cryptoloop, and as a pure matter of cost they are not going to change to something else, because they have to get new software, reconfigure disks, and most importantly retrain support people. You may be a single hobby user or developer, who can d/l all the new software, learn everything from a man page in minutes, and who never deals with managers or stupid user questions.

Please stop trying to break things in the stable kernel to further your personal agenda! This is a feature people are using, it would require a significant effort to change, and from what little I follow the crypto lists it's not universally agreed that dm-crypt is really secure, either. Cryptoloop is WAY better than nothing, which is what the client was using on laptops until last year.

-bill davidsen (davidsen@xxxxxxx)
"The secret to procrastination is to put things off until the
last possible moment - but no longer" -me
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