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HIFN(4)		       FreeBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual		       HIFN(4)

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

SYNOPSIS
     To	compile	this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your
     kernel configuration file:

	   device crypto
	   device cryptodev
	   device hifn

     Alternatively, to load the	driver as a module at boot time, place the
     following line in loader.conf(5):

	   hifn_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION
     The hifn driver supports various cards containing the Hifn	7751, 7951,
     7811, 7955, and 7956 chipsets.

     The hifn driver registers itself to accelerate DES, Triple-DES, AES (7955
     and 7956 only), ARC4, MD5,	MD5-HMAC, SHA1,	and SHA1-HMAC operations for
     ipsec(4) and crypto(4).

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

HARDWARE
     The hifn driver supports various cards containing the Hifn	7751, 7951,
     7811, 7955, and 7956 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	   Comes with 512KB SRAM.

	   XL-Crypt	   Only	board based on 7811 (which is faster than 7751
			   and has a random number generator).

	   NetSec 7751	   Supports the	most IPsec sessions, with 1MB SRAM.

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

	   Soekris Engineering vpn1401 and vpn1411
			   See http://www.soekris.com/.	 Contains a 7955 and
			   supports symmetric and random number	operations.

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

HISTORY
     The hifn device driver appeared in	OpenBSD	2.7.  The hifn device driver
     was imported to FreeBSD 5.0.

CAVEATS
     The Hifn 9751 shares the same PCI ID.  This chip is basically a 7751, but
     with the cryptographic functions missing.	Instead, the 9751 is only
     capable of	doing compression.  Since we do	not currently attempt to use
     any of these chips	to do compression, the 9751-based cards	are not	use-
     ful.

     Support for the 7955 and 7956 is incomplete; the asymmetric crypto	facil-
     ities are to be added and the performance is suboptimal.

BUGS
     The 7751 chip starts out at initialization	by only	supporting compres-
     sion.  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.

FreeBSD	9.3		       October 19, 2009			   FreeBSD 9.3

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | HARDWARE | SEE ALSO | HISTORY | CAVEATS | BUGS

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