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SubjectRe: /dev/random in 2.4.6

On Sun, 19 Aug 2001, Theodore Tso wrote:

> The bottom line is it really depends on how paranoid you want to be,
> and how much and how closely you want /dev/random to reliably replace
> a true hardware random number generator which relies on some physical
> process (by measuring quantum noise using a noise diode, or by
> measuring radioactive decay). For most purposes, and against most
> adversaries, it's probably acceptable to depend on network interrupts,
> even if the entropy estimator may be overestimating things.

Not picking on you Ted, but in the end, people have to remember this
is a configurable option. If you don't want it, don't enable it. In
fact, I believe it's set to be off by default, so just have a entry that says "Don't enable unless you really know what
you're doing."

-Rob Radez

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