Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Remove our bundled crypto library (in favor of Libgcrypt)?
From: João Valverde <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 23:17:10 +0000

On 02/06/2017 09:00 PM, Peter Wu wrote:
On Mon, Feb 06, 2017 at 11:46:23AM -0800, Gerald Combs wrote:
On 2/5/17 8:15 AM, João Valverde wrote:

On 02/05/2017 03:21 PM, Peter Wu wrote:

Recently I discovered that wsutil actually contains a lot of
cryptographic functionalities (AES, SHA-1, DES, etc.). This duplicates
Libgcrypt functionality.

At the moment Libgcrypt is optional and used to provide decryption
functionality for SSL/TLS/DTLS, IPsec DVBCI, 802.15.4, SNMP, Zigbee and
more.  What do you think about nuking the bundled crypto routines in
wsutil and use Libgcrypt instead?

The easiest option would be making Libgcrypt mandatory, otherwise we
would have to add ifdef's everywhere (or create a compatibility layer
that disables crypto when Libgcrypt is unavailable).

+1 mandatory dependency.
No objections here, although this might require packaging changes on
Windows. Libgcrypt is currently provided by the GnuTLS package on that
platform, but it looks like they switched to Nettle in more recent versions.
It seems that Libgcrypt support for GnuTLS was killed in November 2011
(GnuTLS 3.0.8). So the current GnuTLS 3.2.15 build for Windows does not
even need it. GnuTLS is only used for supporting parsing private RSA key
files (in various formats) in the SSL dissector.

(If a new Libgcrypt package is built, the 1.7 series should be used for
ChaCha20-Poly1305 support (TLS 1.3).)

Thank you all for the feedback.  Since there are no objections, I will
start working on the transition in the next days (after the TLS

None from me but can we use Nettle instead? Any reason not to? Word on 
the street is that it is more pleasant to work with than gcrypt.