Chacha20 with a 256 bit key and 128 bit counter size is a good match for an
In userspace, Chacha20 is typically marginally slower than AES-ICM on
machines with AESNI intrinsics, but typically much faster than AES on
machines without special intrinsics. ChaCha20 does well on typical modern
architectures with SIMD instructions, which includes most types of machines
FreeBSD runs on.
In the kernel, we can't (or don't) make use of AESNI intrinsics for
random(4) anyway. So even on amd64, using Chacha provides a modest
performance improvement in random device throughput today.
This change makes the stream cipher used by random(4) configurable at boot
time with the 'kern.random.use_chacha20_cipher' tunable.