[Announce] Libgcrypt 1.9.0 relased
wk at gnupg.org
Tue Jan 19 17:13:18 CET 2021
We are pleased to announce the availability of Libgcrypt version 1.9.0.
This release starts a new stable branch of Libgcrypt with full API and
ABI compatibility to the 1.8 series. Over the last 3 or 4 years Jussi
Kivilinna put a lot of work into speeding up the algorithms for the most
commonly used CPUs. See below for a list of improvements and new
features in 1.9.
Libgcrypt is a general purpose library of cryptographic building blocks.
It is originally based on code used by GnuPG. It does not provide any
implementation of OpenPGP or other protocols. Thorough understanding of
applied cryptography is required to use Libgcrypt.
Noteworthy changes in Libgcrypt 1.9.0
* New and extended interfaces:
- New curves Ed448, X448, and SM2.
- New cipher mode EAX.
- New cipher algo SM4.
- New hash algo SM3.
- New hash algo variants SHA512/224 and SHA512/256.
- New MAC algos for Blake-2 algorithms, the new SHA512 variants,
SM3, SM4 and for a GOST variant.
- New convenience function gcry_mpi_get_ui.
- gcry_sexp_extract_param understands new format specifiers to
directly store to integers and strings.
- New function gcry_ecc_mul_point and curve constants for Curve448
and Curve25519. [#4293]
- New function gcry_ecc_get_algo_keylen.
- New control code GCRYCTL_AUTO_EXPAND_SECMEM to allow growing the
secure memory area. Also in 1.8.2 as an undocumented feature.
- Optimized implementations for Aarch64.
- Faster implementations for Poly1305 and ChaCha. Also for
- Optimized implementations of AES and SHA-256 on PowerPC.
- Improved use of AES-NI to speed up AES-XTS (6 times faster).
- Improved use of AES-NI for OCB. [eacbd59b13,e924ce456d]
- Speedup AES-XTS on ARMv8/CE (2.5 times faster). [93503c127a]
- New AVX and AVX2 implementations for Blake-2 (1.3/1.4 times
faster). [af7fc732f9, da58a62ac1]
- Use Intel SHA extension for SHA-1 and SHA-256 (4.0/3.7 times
faster). [d02958bd30, 0b3ec359e2]
- Use ARMv7/NEON accelerated GCM implementation (3 times faster).
- Use of i386/SSSE3 for SHA-512 (4.5 times faster on Ryzen 7).
- Use 64 bit ARMv8/CE PMULL for CRC (7 times faster). [14c8a593ed]
- Improve CAST5 (40% to 70% faster). [4ec566b368]
- Improve Blowfish (60% to 80% faster). [ced7508c85]
* Bug fixes:
- Fix infinite loop due to applications using fork the wrong
way. [#3491][also in 1.8.4]
- Fix possible leak of a few bits of secret primes to pageable
memory. [#3848][also in 1.8.4]
- Fix possible hang in the RNG (1.8.3 only). [#4034][also in 1.8.4]
- Several minor fixes. [#4102,#4208,#4209,#4210,#4211,#4212]
[also in 1.8.4]
- On Linux always make use of getrandom if possible and then use
its /dev/urandom behaviour. [#3894][also in 1.8.4]
- Use blinding for ECDSA signing to mitigate a novel side-channel
attack. [#4011,CVE-2018-0495] [also in 1.8.3, 1.7.10]
- Fix incorrect counter overflow handling for GCM when using an IV
size other than 96 bit. [#3764] [also in 1.8.3, 1.7.10]
- Fix incorrect output of AES-keywrap mode for in-place encryption
on some platforms. [also in 1.8.3, 1.7.10]
- Fix the gcry_mpi_ec_curve_point point validation function.
[also in 1.8.3, 1.7.10]
- Fix rare assertion failure in gcry_prime_check. [also in 1.8.3]
- Do not use /dev/srandom on OpenBSD. [also in 1.8.2]
- Fix test suite failure on systems with large pages. [#3351]
[also in 1.8.2]
- Fix test suite to not use mmap on Windows. [also in 1.8.2]
- Fix fatal out of secure memory status in the s-expression parser
on heavy loaded systems. [also in 1.8.2]
- Fix build problems on OpenIndiana et al. [#4818, also in 1.8.6]
- Fix GCM bug on arm64 which troubles for example OMEMO. [#4986,
also in 1.8.6]
- Detect a div-by-zero in a debug helper tool. [#4868, also in 1.8.6]
- Use a constant time mpi_inv and related changes. [#4869, partly
also in 1.8.6]
- Fix mpi_copy to correctly handle flags of opaque MPIs.
[also in 1.8.6]
- Fix mpi_cmp to consider +0 and -0 the same. [also in 1.8.6]
- Fix extra entropy collection via clock_gettime. Note that this
fallback code path is not used on any decent hardware. [#4966,
also in 1.8.7]
- Support opaque MPI with gcry_mpi_print. [#4872, also in 1.8.7]
- Allow for a Unicode random seed file on Windows. [#5098, also in
* Other features:
- Add OIDs from RFC-8410 as aliases for Ed25519 and Curve25519.
[also in 1.8.6]
- Add mitigation against ECC timing attack CVE-2019-13626. [#4626]
- Internal cleanup of the ECC implementation.
- Support reading EC point in compressed format for some curves.
For a list of interface changes and links to commits and bug numbers
see the release info at https://dev.gnupg.org/T4294
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