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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     hifn - Hifn 7751/7811/7951/7955/7956/9751 crypto accelerator

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     hifn* at pci? dev ? function ?

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The  hifn  driver supports various cards containing the Hifn
7751, Hifn
     7811,  Hifn  7951,  Hifn  7955,  Hifn  7956,  or  Hifn  9751
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

           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/.   7751
board with 1MB of
                           SRAM.  No longer in production.

           Soekris Engineering vpn1201 and vpn1211
                           See http://www.soekris.com/.  Contains
a 7951 and
                           supports  symmetric  and random number

           Soekris Engineering vpn1401 and vpn1411
                           Contains a 7955 and supports symmetric
                           AES), random number, and modular exponentiation operations.

           Hifn 9751       Reference board with 512KB SRAM.  This
is really a
                           Hifn 7751 which only supports compression.

     The Hifn 7751, Hifn 7811, Hifn 7951,  Hifn  7955,  and  Hifn
7956 chips all
     support   acceleration   of   DES,  Triple-DES,  ARC4,  MD5,
     SHA1-HMAC, and LZS operations for  ipsec(4)  and  crypto(4).
The Hifn 7955
     and  Hifn 7956 chips additionally support AES-CBC.  The Hifn
9751 only
     supports LZS.

     The Hifn 7811, Hifn 7951, Hifn 7955, and Hifn 7956 will also
supply data
     to the kernel random(4) subsystem.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     crypt(3),  crypto(4),  intro(4),  ipsec(4), random(4), crypto(9)

HISTORY    [Toc]    [Back]

     The hifn device driver appeared in OpenBSD 2.7.

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     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.

     The  7951,  7955 and 7956 have support for public key operations which are
     not yet supported.

OpenBSD     3.6                          March      16,      2000
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