[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
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