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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] Make cryptoapi non-optional?
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On Sat, 2003-08-09 at 07:33, Matt Mackall wrote:

> - the random number generator is non-optional because it's used
> various things from filesystems to networking

What if you kept crypto API optional, made random.c a config option, and
make that depend on the crypto API. Then -- and this is the non-obvious
part -- implement a super lame replacement for get_random_bytes() [what
I assume the various parts of the kernel are using] for when
!CONFIG_RANDOM is not set?

You can do a simple PRNG in <10 lines of C. Have the kernel seed it on
boot with xtime or something else lame.

Robert Love


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