Tristan Rice

Software Engineer and Student

Ok, there ...

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Ok, there was a need for OPENSSL_cleanse() instead of bzero() to prevent supposedly smart compilers from optimizing memory cleanups away. Understood.

Ok, in case of an hypothetically super smart compiler, OPENSSL_cleanse() had to be convoluted enough for the compiler not to recognize that this was actually bzero() in disguise. Understood.

But then why there had been optimized assembler versions of OPENSSL_cleanse() is beyond me. Did someone not trust the C obfuscation?

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