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Fortuna: Add Chacha20 as an alternative stream cipher

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Fortuna: Add Chacha20 as an alternative stream cipher

Chacha20 with a 256 bit key and 128 bit counter size is a good match for an
AES256-ICM replacement.

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.

Very rough, non-scientific measurements at the /dev/random device, on a
GENERIC-NODEBUG amd64 VM with 'pv', show a factor of 2.2x higher throughput
for Chacha20 over the existing AES-ICM mode.

Reviewed by: delphij, markm
Approved by: secteam (delphij)
Differential Revision: https://reviews.freebsd.org/D19475

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Committed
cemMar 8 2019, 1:17 AM
Reviewer
delphij
Differential Revision
D19475: Fortuna: Add Chacha20 as an alternative stream cipher
Parents
rS344912: MFC 342658:
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