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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next v5 07/20] zinc: Poly1305 generic C implementations and selftest
On Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 2:50 AM Eric Biggers <> wrote:
> Hardcoding the 'input' array to 600 bytes forces the full amount of space to be
> reserved in the kernel image for every test vector. Also, if anyone adds a
> longer test vector they will need to remember to increase the value.
> It should be a const pointer instead, like the test vectors in crypto/testmgr.h.

I know. The agony. This has been really annoying me. I originally did
it the right way, but removed it last week, when I noticed that gcc
failed to put it in the initconst section:

Even changing the (u8[]){ ... } into a (const u8[]){ ... } or even
into a const string literal does not do the trick. It makes it into
the constant data section with const, but it does not make it into the
initconst section. What a bummer.

I went asking about this on the gcc mailing list, to see if there was
just some aspect of C that I had overlooked: So far, it looks like
we're SOL. I could probably make some macros to do this in a .S file
but... that's pretty unacceptably gross. Or I could define lots and
lots of variables in __initconst, and then connect them all together
at the end, but that's pretty gross too. Or I could have all this data
in one variable and record offsets into it, but that's even more

So I think it comes down to these two non-ugly options:
- We use fixed sized buffers, waste a lot of space, and be happy that
it's cleared from memory immediately after init/insertion anyway, so
it's not actually wasting ram.
- We use const string literals / constant compound literals, save
space on disk, but not benefit from having it cleared from memory
after init/insertion.

Of these, which would you prefer? I can see the argument both ways,
but in the end opted for the first. Or perhaps you have a better third


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