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SubjectRe: /dev/random in 2.4.6
Theodore Tso  wrote:
>On Fri, Aug 17, 2001 at 03:05:39PM -0700, David Schwartz wrote:
>> This is a non-issue providing the entropy pool code correctly
>> estimates the amount of entropy. The Linux entropy code is written
>> so that there is no harm from putting fully known or partially known
>> numbers into the pool provided that the pool does not overestimate
>> the amount of entropy in those numbers.
>The problem is that by being able to perfectly observe packets on the
>LAN, you know a lot more about the numbers that are going in, and it's
>therefore extremely likely that the entropy estimate will be

Right. Therefore, it seems to me that the correct thing to do is to
add network timings into the pool using an entropy estimate of zero.
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