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    SubjectCONFIG RANDOM (compromise?)

    Just a couple of (possibly stupid) questions about /dev/random.

    * Using the same name for a weaker device seems dangerous, but
    isn't it valid for /dev/random to return ENO??? to indicate
    that the program must supply its own method.

    16K plus entropy gathering overhead seems significant for a
    fairly specialized function.

    perhaps another /dev for a weaker but always present random

    * I assume it is impossible for the entropy pool to become full,
    and thus swap-able if no calls are being made on it? That would
    be because it is too expensive for the entropy gathering elements
    to check for status on the pool?

    and, just in passing, there is no way a user can verify that he
    is using a real /dev/random in a source available world is there?

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