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Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 06:50:23 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: HMAC-MD5 SSE2 fails under Cygwin

On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 03:42:26PM -0400, Random Intentions wrote:
> Solar - the compilation does produce warnings as follows:
> MD5_std.c:27: warning: alignment of 'MD5_std_all' is greater than
> maximum object file alignment.  Using 16

Well, 16-byte alignment is sufficient for the SSE2 code to work, and in
fact hmacMD5_fmt.c does not even try to request anything larger than 16.
However, I am unsure whether the linker actually guarantees 16-byte
alignment for sections or not.  With older versions of Cygwin, it did
not even guarantee 8-byte alignment, which was/is needed for optimal
performance with the MMX code, and ALIGN_FIX in some *.S files is a
workaround for that (to be manually enabled on "unlucky" builds).
I don't know if Cygwin has since been fixed, and to what extent.

To test the "alignment theory", please add the following line:

	fprintf(stderr, "opad @ %p\n", opad);

into hmacmd5_init().  What does it print?  If the number (address) ends
in a "0", we're fine (and the problem is likely different).  However, I
suspect that on your non-working build it'd end in "8" (or maybe even in
"4" or "c").


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