[cryptography] Sodium: NaCl repackaged for portability/ease-of-use
tony.arcieri at gmail.com
Wed Mar 6 16:40:33 EST 2013
Frank Denis just announced Sodium, a fork of NaCl containing only the
reference C code, packaged using a standard autotools build system:
NaCl has traditionally been hard to use because it targets *IX exclusively
and the assembly versions of the various algorithms are not PIC yet. For
this reason there are a lot of issues making NaCl work portably (e.g.
across 32-bit/64-bit platforms, let alone Windows)
Sodium is designed to be portable, easy to compile/package, and it even
works on Windows!
Some might think this undermines some of the original goals of NaCl,
however djb has suggested it as an option in the past:
On Sun, Dec 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM, D. J. Bernstein <djb at cr.yp.to> wrote:
> * More language support. The real work here is making everything
> PIC. Of course, if what matters is the API rather than speed, then
> achieving PIC is easy: just remove the asm.
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