Commit 08ac9e1e authored by Niels Möller's avatar Niels Möller

News entries for Nettle-3.7.

parent 2a58c4b7
2020-12-26 Niels Möller <>
* NEWS: News entries for Nettle-3.7.
* (distdir): Distribute the README files in assembly
NEWS for the Nettle 3.7 release
This release adds one new feature, the bcrypt password hashing
function, and lots of optimizations.
The release adds PowerPC64 assembly for a few algorithms,
resulting in great speedups. Benchmarked on a Power9 machine,
speedup was 13 times for AES256-CTR and AES256-GCM, and 3.5
times for Chacha. Since the new PowerPC64 code depends on
optional instructions, it is not enabled by default. The
recommended way to enable it, with runtime detection of
available instructions, is to configure with --enable-fat.
The new version is intended to be fully source and binary
compatible with Nettle-3.6. The shared library names are and, with sonames and
New features:
* Support for bcrypt, contributed by Stephen R. van den Berg.
* Much faster AES and GCM on PowerPC64 processors supporting
the corresponding crypto extensions. Contributed by Mamone
* Speed of Chacha improved on PowerPC64, x86_64 and ARM Neon.
* Speed of Salsa20 improved on x86_64 and ARM Neon.
* Overhaul of some elliptic curve primitives, improving ECDSA
signature speed.
* Use a few more gmp-6.1 functions: mpn_cnd_add_n,
mpn_cnd_sub_n, mpn_cnd_swap. Delete corresponding internal
Nettle functions.
* Convert all assembly files to use the default m4 quote
NEWS for the Nettle 3.6 release
This release adds a couple of new features, most notable being
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