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SubjectRe: [PATCH] (0/4) Entropy accounting fixes
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On Sun, Aug 18, 2002 at 11:48:58AM +0200, Ralf Baechle wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 18, 2002 at 09:31:41AM +0200, Bernd Eckenfels wrote:
>
> > dean gaudet <dean-list-linux-kernel@arctic.org> wrote:
> > > many southbridges come with audio these days ... isn't it possible to get
> > > randomness off the adc even without anything connected to it?
> >
> > they also come with RNGs.
>
> I know of one soundcard RND that is simply implemented as a small
> mask programmed ROM full of random numbers. That's good enough for
> audio purposes but doesn't even qualify for /dev/urandom's use ...

I am taking about southbridges with random sources, not about soundchips :)

They can be used to contribute some bits to the entropy pool. I dont think
they are the only source one should trust. But the specs say that they are
no PNRG, and I havent heared about too disasterous results from statistical
tests. So they are better than ethernet drivers, anyway.

Greetings
Bernd
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