[cryptography] Intel RNG

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Thu Jun 21 18:07:49 EDT 2012


James A. Donald wrote:
 > > I see no valid case for on chip whitening. Whitening
 > > looks like a classic job for software. Why waste chip
 > > real estate on something that will only be used 0.001% of
 > > the time.

On 2012-06-22 6:53 AM, Michael Nelson wrote:
 > I suppose that if the rng was shared between multiple
 > processes, and if a malicious process could read the
 > internal state, then it could predict what another process
 > was going to be given in the near future.

To the extent that rng generates true randomness, it can only partially 
predict.  Assuming that each process collects sufficient true randomness 
for its purposes, not a problem.  That is the whole point and purpose of 
generating true randomness.




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