Commit 279a7411 authored by Niels Möller's avatar Niels Möller

Copied 2.7.1 NEWS entry. Started on entry for 2.8.

parent 2a5bd738
NEWS for the 2.8 release
This release includes several interface changes. It is not
binary compatible with earlier versions. It is mostly
source-level (API) compatible, with a couple of
incompatibilities noted below.
Interface changes:
* For the many _set_key functions, it is now consider the
normal case to have a fixed key size, with no key_size
arguments. _set_key functions with a length parameter are
provided only for algorithms with a truly variable keysize,
and where it makes sense for backwards compatibility.
* New AES and Camellia interfaces. There are now separate
context structs for each key size, e.g., aes128_ctx and
camellia256_ctx, and corresponding new functions. The old
interface, with struct aes_ctx and struct camellia_ctx is
kept for backwards compatibility, but might be removed in
later versions.
* The type of most length arguments is changed from unsigned
to size_t. The memxor functions have their pointer arguments
changed from uint8_t * to void *, for consistency with
related libc functions.
* DSA: Support a wider range for the size of q. XXX Also
interface changes.
Bug fixes:
* Building with ./configure --disable-static now works.
New features:
* Support for poly1305-aes MAC.
* Support for the Chacha stream cipher.
* Support for EAX mode.
* New x86_64 assembly for GCM and MD5. Modest speedups on the
order of 10%-20%.
* Use GMP's allocation functions for temporary storage related
to bignums, to avoid potentially large stack allocations.
* The portability fix for the rotation macros, mentioned in
NEWS for 2.7.1, actually didn't make it into that release.
It is included now.
NEWS for the 2.7.1 release
This is a bugfix release.
Bug fixes:
* Fixed a bug in the new ECC code. The ecc_j_to_a function
called GMP:s mpn_mul_n (via ecc_modp_mul) with overlapping
input and output arguments, which is not supported.
* The assembly files for SHA1, SHA256 and AES depend on ARMv6
instructions, breaking nettle-2.7 for pre-v6 ARM processors.
The configure script now enables those assembly files only
when building for ARMv6 or later.
* Use a more portable C expression for rotations. The
previous version used the following "standard" expression
for 32-bit rotation:
(x << n) | (x >> (32 - n))
But this gives undefined behavior (according to the C
specification) for n = 0. The rotate expression is replaced
by the more portable:
(x << n) | (x >> ((-n)&31))
This change affects only CAST128, which uses non-constant
rotation counts. Unfortunately, the new expression is poorly
optimized by released versions of gcc, making CAST128 a bit
slower. This is being fixed by the gcc hackers, see
The following problems have been reported, but are *not* fixed
in this release:
* ARM assembly files use instruction syntax which is not
supported by all assemblers. Workaround: Use a current
version of GNU as, or configure with --disable-assembler.
* Configuring with --disable-static doesn't work on windows.
The libraries are intended to be binary compatible with
nettle-2.2 and later. The shared library names are and, with sonames still and
NEWS for the 2.7 release
This release includes an implementation of elliptic curve
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