Re: [PATCH] cit_encrypt_iv/cit_decrypt_iv for ECB mode

From: Solar Designer
Date: Sun Aug 20 2006 - 10:50:36 EST

On Sun, Aug 20, 2006 at 10:04:03AM +0200, Willy Tarreau wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 20, 2006 at 04:23:46AM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
> > The attached patch actually defines ecb_encrypt_iv() and
> > ecb_decrypt_iv() functions that perform ECB encryption/decryption
> > ignoring the IV, yet return -ENOSYS (just like nocrypt_iv would).
> > The result is no more Oopses and no infoleaks either.
> Can the cryptoloop patch use CRYPTO_TFM_MODE_CFB or CRYPTO_TFM_MODE_CTR
> and so be redirected to nocrypt() which will leave uninitialized memory
> too ?

At least patch-cryptoloop-jari- in particular will only do CBC
(default, preferred) or ECB (if requested); it won't attempt to use CFB
or CTR.

Regarding nocrypt*():

> I wonder whether we shouldn't consider that those functions must at
> least clear the memory area that was submitted to them, such as
> proposed below. It would also fix the problem for potential other
> users.

This makes sense to me, although it is not perfect as Herbert has
correctly pointed out:

> If the user is ignoring the error value here then you're in serious
> trouble anyway since they've just lost all their data.

Can we maybe define working but IV-ignoring functions for ECB (like I
did), but use memory-clearing nocrypt*() for CFB and CTR (as long as
these are not supported)? Of course, all of these will return -ENOSYS.

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