crypto: akcipher - default implementation for setting a private key

Changes from v1:
  * removed the default implementation from set_pub_key: it is assumed that
    an implementation must always have this callback defined as there are
    no use case for an algorithm, which doesn't need a public key

Many akcipher implementations (like ECDSA) support only signature
verifications, so they don't have all callbacks defined.

Commit 78a0324f4a53 ("crypto: akcipher - default implementations for
request callbacks") introduced default callbacks for sign/verify
operations, which just return an error code.

However, these are not enough, because before calling sign the caller would
likely call set_priv_key first on the instantiated transform (as the
in-kernel testmgr does). This function does not have a default stub, so the
kernel crashes, when trying to set a private key on an akcipher, which
doesn't support signature generation.

I've noticed this, when trying to add a KAT vector for ECDSA signature to
the testmgr.

With this patch the testmgr returns an error in dmesg (as it should)
instead of crashing the kernel NULL ptr dereference.

Fixes: 78a0324f4a53 ("crypto: akcipher - default implementations for request callbacks")
Signed-off-by: Ignat Korchagin <>
Signed-off-by: Herbert Xu <>
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