[cryptography] [liberationtech] Random number generation being influenced - rumors

coderman coderman at gmail.com
Mon Sep 9 13:43:22 EDT 2013


On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 6:08 AM, Jon Callas <jon at callas.org> wrote:
> ...
> I have to disagree with you. Lots of us have told Intel that we really need to see the raw bits, and lots of us have gotten informal feedback that we'll see that in a future chip.

i've never seen this stated; it would be great news!

(as long as not in reference to RDSEED, which is closer but still not
the raw bits...)



> Better, however, would be to continue using whatever software RNG you're using, and reseed it with whatever you're doing now and throw an RDRAND reading in. It won't hurt anything no matter how badly it's broken and helps against any number of things.

agreed.  the current state of entropy on most systems is horribly poor...


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