[Bug 1440] OpenSSL engine support should be enabled by default

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Fri Jul 31 12:16:23 EST 2009


--- Comment #4 from Ian Lister <openssh-bugs at lister.dnsalias.net>  2009-07-31 12:16:22 ---
The motivating case for me is on machines with VIA CPUs with Padlock
support (hardware implementations of a range of crypto functions
including AES, SHA-1, SHA-256, random number generation and Montgomery
multiplication).  These are implemented on the CPU core and use the
CPU's ordinary registers and memory for context.  There's no advantage
in doing things the slow way by using the CPU's regular instructions
rather than these special-purpose ones.

Given what you've pointed out about other classes of hardware engine, I
guess I should file a new bug requesting some means of distinguishing
classes of hardware engine?

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