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SubjectRe: CONFIG_RANDOM option for 1.99.2


On Wed, 15 May 1996, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:

> From: Martin Mares <mj@k332.feld.cvut.cz>
> Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 19:40:38 +0200 (MET DST)
>
> No, I didn't say /dev/random should be repaced by LCG, I said if someone
> decides to disable /dev/random, there should be a _kernel_ function purely
> for inside-kernel random number generation (for such cases as the
> BOOP code).
>
> Yes, but what if the kernel needs high-quality random numbers? Some of
> the schemes which prevent the sequence-numbering attacks that allow
> crackers to hijack TCP connections require good random numbers.

My Linux box at home is compleatly secure from any carcking, even without
any kind of random number generator. Im simply not wired. And I
suppose that I'm not the only one.

Marcin


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