Re: [PATCH 2/5] CPU Jitter RNG: Enable compilation

From: Hannes Frederic Sowa
Date: Tue Feb 04 2014 - 11:50:41 EST

On Tue, Feb 04, 2014 at 05:39:57PM +0100, Hannes Frederic Sowa wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 04, 2014 at 05:19:52PM +0100, Stephan Mueller wrote:
> > Also, I consider the execution speed of the entropy collection is not
> > really an issue because the RNG delivers random numbers at a
> > comparatively high rate. Any other noise source feeding into random.c
> > delivers data with far less speed.
> Compiling the kernel with -O0 could add some other problems, like
> e.g. not doing enough constant folding which could result in linking
> errors. I guess it is not a problem currently though, but some of the
> compile time checks depend on this (compiletime_assert and such).
> Have you looked into adding compiler barriers into relevant places in the
> loops to stop the compiler from optimizing and spill out the values from the
> registers to their memory locations?

Quick follow-up:

Maybe you can get some ideas how to stop the compiler from optimizing code
from commit fe8c8a126806fe ("crypto: more robust crypto_memneq"). Maybe also
volatile could be helpful and OPTIMIZER_HIDE_VAR seems to be a good candidate
to use here, too.



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