> Do we still need to know the key size in order to provide a proper
> buffer for certain implementations?
We won't have a direct need for it within ELL (keyctl will provide the
key length for TLS purposes). If this isn't part of the
l_asymmetric_cipher API, the key length information is available from
l_key if the key is loaded there. l_asymmetric_cipher users would be no
worse off then normal AF_ALG akcipher users in terms of choosing optimal
read buffer sizes.
Long term, we could implement a getsockopt call to get the key length -
but it seems worthwhile to trim the ASN.1 parser out of ELL in the near
My feeling is, lets make asymmetric ciphers work for now, at least until
the key stuff is ready. So we can keep the ASN.1 parser to get the key
length for now, with an eye to migrate it to getsockopt when that
feature is added to the kernel.
I'd like to change it to use one socket for asymmetric ciphers,
case the check would be up to the kernel (unless we keep track of the
key type just for this purpose). This significantly streamlines the
Since the only asymmetric cipher is RSA, we might be getting lucky here.
I have no problem moving to a single socket semantic, as long as the
kernel guarantees that this will work for all akcipher algorithms.
I assumed a single socket was fine for skcipher as well, but was proven
wrong. The current semantics in the kernel are weird. You almost have
to know the underlying algorithm implementation in order to do the right
One socket is working ok for akcipher, even having four different
operations on that one socket.
Because there's no 'state'. In RC4 results of an operation are carried
into the subsequent operation(s). Highly unlikely that any akciphers
will work this way, but who knows. The semantics need to be nailed down
in the docs.