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On Tue, 2001-08-21 at 17:50, Robert Love wrote:
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> In theory, we dont need both SHA-1 hash and the entropy count. They
> exist to pacify a theoretical weakness in each.
>
> Now, my net device patch should only be enabled in situations where both
> you trust SHA-1 (and I think most do) and you trust that reading net
> devices yields the full amount of entropy.

'lil typo on my part. actually, if you trust SHA-1, it does not matter
if your net devices give zero entropy, because the SHA-1 hash of the
read from /dev/random is still unpredictable.

the problem is if you both _dont_ trust SHA-1 and _fear_ there is
less-than-estimated entropy from net devices on your network.

per Alex Bligh's suggestion, the Configure wording of the next patch
will explain this.

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Robert M. Love
rml at ufl.edu
rml at tech9.net

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