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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] (0/4) Entropy accounting fixes

    On Sat, 17 Aug 2002, Oliver Xymoron wrote:
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    > But it will get data of _equal quality_ to the current approach from
    > /dev/urandom.

    So what?

    If you make /dev/random useless ("but you can use /dev/urandom instead")
    then we should not have it.

    > > Are you seriously trying to say that a TSC running at a gigahertz cannot
    > > be considered to contain any random information just because you think you
    > > can time the network activity so well from the outside?
    >
    > Yes. The clock of interest is the PCI bus clock, which is not terribly
    > fast next to a gigabit network analyzer.

    Be realistic. This is what I ask of you. We want _real_world_ security,
    not a completely made-up-example-for-the-NSA-that-is-useless-to-anybody-
    else.

    All your arguments seem to boil down to "people shouldn't use /dev/random
    at all, they should use /dev/urandom".

    Which is just ridiculous.

    Linus

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