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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] (0/4) Entropy accounting fixes
    On Sat, Aug 17, 2002 at 11:28:08PM -0600, Andreas Dilger wrote:
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    > Even so, I would agree with Linus in the thought that being "too
    > paranoid" makes it basically useless. If you have people sniffing
    > your network right next to the WAN side of your IPSec firewall with
    > GHz network analyzers and crafting packets to corrupt your entropy
    > pool, then chances are they could just as easily sniff the LAN side
    > of your network and get the unencrypted data directly. The same
    > holds true for keystroke logging (or spy camera) to capture your pass
    > phrase instead of trying an incredibly difficult strategy to "influence"
    > the generation of this huge key in advance.

    Actually, my attack model here assumes a hostile LAN. GHz WAN is
    fairly uncommon.

    This design comes from an entropy pool I made from scratch for another
    system and fixed what I thought the deficits are in the Linux
    model. Current Linux a) overestimates entropy b) can't incorporate
    untrusted data c) doesn't sample from the network at all.

    I think if I'd broken this up this way:

    piece 1a: mix in untrusted data without accounting it
    piece 1b: start sampling the network as untrusted data
    piece 2a: clean up bogosity in entropy accounting

    ..no one would have objected.

    > In the end, if you make it so hard to extract your secrets in a stealthy
    > manner, they will just start with a few big guys and a rubber hose...

    Oddly enough, I came home today from running errands to discover that
    someone had tried brute-forcing my front door with a crowbar.

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