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[tor-talk] Hardware accel by default


I was just reading through the tor man page, and I came across the
HardwareAccel and AccelName options. This peaked my interest because my
new laptop has the AES-NI CPU instruction set. I added this to my torrc:

HardwareAccel 1
AccelName     aesni

And now when I start Tor I get this:

[notice] Using OpenSSL engine Intel AES-NI engine [aesni] for AES

My question is... Why wasn't AES-NI taken advantage of by default? Why
did I have to come across it by accident? Even in the man page it says
that all you have to do is run "openssl engine" to find out what engines
you have available. Why couldn't Tor have done this it's self?

Mike Cardwell https://grepular.com/  https://twitter.com/mickeyc
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