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

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Fri Jul 12 19:41:01 EDT 2013


On 2013-07-13 4:54 AM, Patrick Mylund Nielsen wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM, James A. Donald <jamesd at echeque.com 
> <mailto: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.
>

Often, when the computer boots up, it needs to do things that require 
some true randomness.  This is a potential disaster, therefore there 
should be a non blocking wait for randomness.
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