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Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:56:12 -0500 (EST)
From: David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 3/4] secure_seq: use siphash24 instead of

From: "Jason A. Donenfeld" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:53:10 +0100

> In all current uses of __packed in the code, I think the impact is
> precisely zero, because all structures have members in descending
> order of size, with each member being a perfect multiple of the one
> below it. The __packed is therefore just there for safety, in case
> somebody comes in and screws everything up by sticking a u8 in
> between.

Just marking the structure __packed, whether necessary or not, makes
the compiler assume that the members are not aligned and causes
byte-by-byte accesses to be performed for words.

Never, _ever_, use __packed unless absolutely necessary, it pessimizes
the code on cpus that require proper alignment of types.

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