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SubjectRe: Intel 810 Random Number Generator

On 24-Jan-00 Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Either you trust RNG or you don't. There is no middle ground.
> If you do not trust RNG, then using it as a /dev/random entropy source
> is pointless. Why introduce theoretically non-random entropy to the
> /dev/random pool?

Sure there's middle ground. If you don't trust it and 8 bits only has the
entropy of 4 random bits, then its useless as key material, but quite good to
throw into the /dev/random pool. /dev/random's entropy estimate may be wrong,
but that's not a disaster given the robustness of its mixing algorithms.


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