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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for hifn (netbsd section 4)

HIFN(4) 				     BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual				      HIFN(4)

NAME
hifn -- Hifn 7751/7951/7811/7955/7956 crypto accelerator
SYNOPSIS
hifn* at pci? dev ? function ?
DESCRIPTION
The hifn driver supports various cards containing the Hifn 7751, 7951, 7811, 7955, and 7956 chipsets, such as Invertex AEON No longer being made. Came as 128KB SRAM model, or 2MB DRAM model. Hifn 7751 Reference board with 512KB SRAM. PowerCrypt See http://www.powercrypt.com/. Comes with 512KB SRAM. XL-Crypt See http://www.powercrypt.com/. Only board based on 7811 (which is faster than 7751 and has a random number generator). NetSec 7751 See http://www.netsec.net/. Supports the most IPsec sessions, with 1MB SRAM. Soekris Engineering vpn1201 and vpn1211 See http://www.soekris.com/. Contains a 7951 and supports symmetric and random number operations. Soekris Engineering vpn1401 and vpn1411 See http://www.soekris.com/. Contains a 7955 and supports symmetric and random number operations. The hifn driver registers itself to accelerate DES, Triple-DES, AES (7955 and 7956 only), ARC4, MD5, MD5-HMAC, SHA1, and SHA1-HMAC operations for opencrypto(9), and thus for fast_ipsec(4) and crypto(4). The Hifn 7951, 7811, 7955, and 7956 may also supply data to the kernel rnd(4) subsystem.
SEE ALSO
crypto(4), fast_ipsec(4), intro(4), rnd(4), opencrypto(9)
HISTORY
The hifn device driver appeared in OpenBSD 2.7. The hifn device driver was imported to FreeBSD 5.0, back-ported to FreeBSD 4.8, and subsequently imported into NetBSD 2.0.
CAVEATS
The Hifn 9751 shares the same PCI ID. This chip is basically a 7751, but with the cryptographic functions miss- ing. Instead, the 9751 is only capable of doing compression. Since we do not currently attempt to use any of these chips to do compression, the 9751-based cards are not useful. Support for the 7955 and 7956 is incomplete; the asymmetric crypto facilities are to be added and the perfor- mance is suboptimal. Supplying data to the kernel rnd(4) subsystem has been disabled, pending verification that the on-chip RNG is statistically adequate.
BUGS
The 7751 chip starts out at initialization by only supporting compression. A proprietary algorithm, which has been reverse engineered, is required to unlock the cryptographic functionality of the chip. It is possible for vendors to make boards which have a lock ID not known to the driver, but all vendors currently just use the obvious ID which is 13 bytes of 0.
BSD
October 8, 2003 BSD


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