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Re: Streaming - [Re: CryptoOperation and its life cycle]

From: Ryan Sleevi <sleevi@google.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 10:56:38 -0800
Message-ID: <CACvaWvaj1t6eNpMvNwCt30nDNaqT0e-agndU18+w5FQvA5Tpww@mail.gmail.com>
To: Wan-Teh Chang <wtc@google.com>
Cc: Aymeric Vitte <vitteaymeric@gmail.com>, public-webcrypto-comments@w3.org
On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 5:58 AM, Wan-Teh Chang <wtc@google.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 3:29 AM, Aymeric Vitte <vitteaymeric@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> I am not talking about a partial hash output.
>>
>> To be clear, the question is how to do what is here
>> https://github.com/Ayms/node-Tor/blob/master/src/crypto.cc#l396-416 ( what
>> is commented was the initial behavior, ie close the hash after digest, I did
>> modify it to keep the state before digest and process it again after digest)
>> or here https://gitweb.torproject.org/tor.git/blob/HEAD:/src/common/crypto.c
>> (lines 1578-1587, same thing)
>
> What Aymeric Vitte requested is the ability to fork a digest operation
> so that we can finish one branch of the fork to obtain the digest of
> the data up to that point.
>
> This is used in the CertificateVerify handshake message of the SSL/TLS
> protocol, so most native crypto libraries have this function. This
> issue was discussed before. Digest is the only operation I know of
> that has uses cases for this fork/copy/clone feature.
>
> Wan-Teh

As I explained to Aymeric, what's being asked has nothing to do with
streaming data - it's a request for a Clone operation, which is
tracked in ISSUE-22.

There are "roll your own crypto" operations that try to encrypt
multiple blocks by starting with the same base state, or attempt to
decrypt a block and, if it fails, "roll back" to some known good
state. These are broken protocols, but they too would insist upon a
need for cloning.
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