[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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