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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] let Net Devices feed Entropy, updated (1/2)

    Martin Dalecki <> wrote:
    > I think you are just wrong - nobody really needs this patch. /dev/random
    > or /dev/urandom ar *both* anyway just complete overkill in terms of
    > practical security. /dev/urandom is in esp silly, since it is providing
    > a md5 hash implementation inside the kernel, which could be *compleatly*
    > entierly done inside user land.

    And I think you are wrong, this patch is needed.
    Keep up the good work Robert!

    > You mean - there is no known algorithm with polynomial time
    > behaviour enabling us to calculate the next value of this function
    > from the previous ones - Not more nor less - no pysics and
    > entropy involved. If you assume this holds true it's mathematically
    > entierly sufficient that a single only seed value is not known.

    Where would you get the single seed from in an embedded head
    less system if you don't have a hardware random generator,
    no disk and don't seed it from the network interrupts?

    I think the patch makes sense - let people have the config option.


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