[cryptography] [Cryptography] OneRNG kickstarter project looking for donations
francisg at fnop.net
Tue Dec 16 11:42:07 EST 2014
are they making a fully open-source SoC? no.
so forget about "open hardware" if that only means
On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM, ianG <iang at iang.org> wrote:
> Surprisingly, the OneRNG project is already half way to the goal of $10k
> NZD after only a week.
> One reason I really like this project is that it is hopefully totally
> open. If we can seed the world with open hardware designs, we can have a
> chance of leaking this project into all sorts of other things like home
> routers, IoT things, Bitcoin hardware wallets etc.
> On 15/12/2014 19:18 pm, ianG wrote:
>> After Edward Snowden's recent revelations about how compromised our
>> internet security has become some people have worried about whether the
>> hardware we're using is compromised - is it? We honestly don't know, but
>> like a lot of people we're worried about our privacy and security.
>> What we do know is that the NSA has corrupted some of the random number
>> generators in the OpenSSL software we all use to access the internet,
>> and has paid some large crypto vendors millions of dollars to make their
>> software less secure. Some people say that they also intercept hardware
>> during shipping to install spyware.
>> We believe it's time we took back ownership of the hardware we use day
>> to day. This project is one small attempt to do that - OneRNG is an
>> entropy generator, it makes long strings of random bits from two
>> independent noise sources that can be used to seed your operating
>> system's random number generator. This information is then used to
>> create the secret keys you use when you access web sites, or use
>> cryptography systems like SSH and PGP.
>> Openness is important, we're open sourcing our hardware design and our
>> firmware, our board is even designed with a removable RF noise shield (a
>> 'tin foil hat') so that you can check to make sure that the circuits
>> that are inside are exactly the same as the circuits we build and sell.
>> In order to make sure that our boards cannot be compromised during
>> shipping we make sure that the internal firmware load is signed and
>> cannot be spoofed.
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