[cryptography] [liberationtech] Heml.is - "The Beautiful & Secure Messenger"

Patrick Mylund Nielsen cryptography at patrickmylund.com
Fri Jul 12 14:54:09 EDT 2013


On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM, James A. Donald <jamesd at echeque.com> wrote:

> On 2013-07-13 12:20 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
>
>> It's worth noting that the maintainer of record (me) for the Linux RNG
>> quit the project about two years ago precisely because Linus decided to
>> include a patch from Intel to allow their unauditable RdRand to bypass the
>> entropy pool over my strenuous objections.
>>
>
> Is there a plausible rationale for bypassing the entropy pool?
>

Throughput? Not bypassing means having to wait until enough randomness has
been gathered from trusted sources.

Or maybe it's just trusting Intel and assuming that RDRAND provides better
randomness.
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