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SubjectRe: [PATCH] let Net Devices feed Entropy, updated (1/2)
On Tue, Aug 21, 2001 at 04:02:47AM +0100, Paul Jakma wrote:
> On 21 Aug 2001, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > It is not that they are hard to fix; e.g. a $10 sound card
> > with a noise generating circuit on input and a small daemon to feed
> > /dev/audio to /dev/random can do it; but few people seem to know about
> does this update the entropy count though? from previous
> discussions, i believe not, which iiuc means /dev/random will block
> just as frequently/infrequently irrespective of whether you feed
> stuff into /dev/random.

Just writing into /dev/random feeds it, but only credits a very small
amount of entropy into the store, so you need to feed a lot of data.
To feed it with full accounting you need to use a special ioctl on /dev/random;
e.g. using the rndfeed tool (see

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