Re: [PATCH] lib: memcmp_nta: add timing-attack secure memcmp

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Mon Feb 11 2013 - 13:37:54 EST

On 02/10/2013 02:00 PM, Daniel Borkmann wrote:
> If you need to compare a password or a hash value, the timing of the
> comparison function can give valuable clues to the attacker. Let's
> say the password is 123456 and the attacker tries abcdef. If the
> comparision function fails at the first byte without looking at the
> other bytes, then the attacker can measure the difference in runtime
> and deduce which byte was wrong, reducing the attack space from
> exponential to polynomial. [Daniel J. Bernstein]
> Therefore add memcmp_nta ({n}o {t}iming {a}ttacks) in order to avoid
> such scenarios and to facilitate development by providing a generic
> function for (e.g.) the crypto and networking subsystems.
> Signed-off-by: Daniel Borkmann <dborkman@xxxxxxxxxx>
> ---

I read this as "compare memory with non-temporal access". Perhaps
something like "memcpy_constant_time" would be less confusing.

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