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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH] dm-crypt: disable block encryption with arc4



* Milan Broz | 2010-01-25 19:39:11 [+0100]:

>On 01/25/2010 07:29 PM, Mikulas Patocka wrote:
>> Hi
>> 
>> When using arc4 to encrypt a block device, the resulting device is 
>> unreliable. It reads garbage. That's because arc4 is a stream cipher, if 
>> you write something, it advances its state and if you attempt to decrypt 
>> the same sector, it uses new state that is different.
>> 
>> This patch disables the use of arc4 on block devices.
>
>arc4 again. it is simply not a block cipher:-)
>
>This should be solved inside cryptoAPI and not blacklist it in dm-crypt,
>see that thread
>http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel.cryptoapi/3441

I some how remember Herbert saying to test for block size > 1. Wouldn't
this be acceptable to block all stream cipher in one go?

>Milan

Sebastian


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