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SubjectRe: Intel 810 Random Number Generator

> > > Is it feasible to offer a compile-time option which simply replaces
> > > /dev/random?
> >
> > Methinks that would be an error. You'd be trusting the RNG too much.
> > Use it as an input to /dev/random by all means, but not as a
> > replacement.
> Either you trust RNG or you don't. There is no middle ground.

I just trust hardware RNG to be more random then keypresses. Yes there
is 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?

We already include keypresses in /dev/random pool. They are not
random, are they? Network packet timing is also far from random, is
it? But both are still valuable sources of data.

The best software in life is free (not shareware)! Pavel
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