[cryptography] Random number generation influenced, HW RNG

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Sun Sep 8 01:00:39 EDT 2013


On 2013-09-08 1:25 PM, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 08, 2013 at 08:34:53AM +1000, James A. Donald wrote:
>> Well, since you personally did this, would you care to explain the
>> very strange design decision to whiten the numbers on chip, and not
>> provide direct access to the raw unwhitened output.
> You know as soon as anyone complained about this, they turned around
> and provided access to the unwhitened output in the next major version
> of the same product family, right?

I am not aware of this.  Could you provide further details?

And since no one needs high bandwidth true random numbers, why the on 
chip whitening?  Surely there was some internal discussion of this decision?


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