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SubjectRe: [PATCH] API for true Random Number Generators to add entropy (2.6.11)
> We -used- to need data from RNG directly into the kernel randomness 

Are you sure? I dont think there was ever code to do this in
mainline. There might have been something in -ac*, but not mainline.

> pool. The consensus was that the FIPS testing should be moved to userspace.

Consensus from whom? And who says the FIPS testing is useful anyways?

I think you just need to trust the random generator, it is like
you need to trust any other piece of hardware in your machine. Or do you
check regularly if you mov instruction still works? @)

I think it is a trade off between easy to use and saving of
resources and overly paranoia. With an user space solution
which near nobody uses currently (I am not aware of
any distribution that runs that daemon)
it means most people wont have hardware supported randomness
in their ssh, and I think that is a big drawback.

Also I dont like the memory consumption of the daemon. It needs
at least 20+k for kernel stack, page tables etc. I know
a lot of people dont care about memory usage anymore, but I still
do. It is not a lot of memory, but bloat does usually not come in big
pieces but in small amounts of a time. And the code to do it
from kernel space is really simple.

And it would suddenly make a lot of peoples ssh/https etc. more secure,
which is a good thing. Probably would help Linux security a lot
more than all these crazy - "ABI, what ABI?" - buffer overflow
workarounds.

If you are really paranoid you can always turn off the sysctl
and do it from userspace.

-Andi
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