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SubjectRe: [PATCH] API for true Random Number Generators to add entropy (2.6.11)
Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-03-24 at 23:23 +1000, David McCullough wrote:
>
>>Jivin Jeff Garzik lays it down ...
>>
>>>Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:
>>>
>>>>On Thu, 2005-03-24 at 14:27 +1000, David McCullough wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>Hi all,
>>>>>
>>>>>Here is a small patch for 2.6.11 that adds a routine:
>>>>>
>>>>> add_true_randomness(__u32 *buf, int nwords);
>>>>>
>>>>>so that true random number generator device drivers can add a entropy
>>>>>to the system. Drivers that use this can be found in the latest release
>>>>>of ocf-linux, an asynchronous crypto implementation for linux based on
>>>>>the *BSD Cryptographic Framework.
>>>>>
>>>>> http://ocf-linux.sourceforge.net/
>>>>>
>>>>>Adding this can dramatically improve the performance of /dev/random on
>>>>>small embedded systems which do not generate much entropy.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>People will not apply any kind of such changes.
>>>>Both OCF and acrypto already handle all RNG cases - no need for any kind
>>>>of userspace daemon or entropy (re)injection mechanism.
>>>>Anyone who want to use HW randomness may use OCF/acrypto mechanism.
>>>>For example here is patch to enable acrypto support for hw_random.c
>>>>It is very simple and support only upto 4 bytes request, of course it
>>>>is
>>>>not interested for anyone, but it is only 2-minutes example:
>>>
>>>If you want to add entropy to the kernel entropy pool from hardware RNG,
>>>you should use the userland daemon, which detects non-random (broken)
>>>hardware and provides throttling, so that RNG data collection does not
>>>consume 100% CPU.
>>>
>>>If you want to use the hardware RNG directly, it's simple: just open
>>>/dev/hw_random.
>>>
>>>Hardware RNG should not go kernel->kernel without adding FIPS tests and
>>>such.
>>
>>For reference, the RNG on the Safenet I am using this with is
>>FIPS140 certified. I believe the HIFN part is also but I place the doc that
>>says so.
>
>
> At least HIFN 795x is certified.
>
> Idea to validate entropy data is good in general,
> but it should be implemented in a way allowing external both in-kernel
> and userspace
> processes to contribute data.
> So for in-kernel use we need such a mechanism, and userspace gkernel
> daemon
> should use it(as the latest "step") too.

See the earlier discussion, when data validation was -removed- from the
original Intel RNG driver, and moved to userspace.


> Your changes are correct, ioctl(RNDADDENTROPY) could even use it instead
> of direct
> add_entropy_words()/credit_entropy_store(), but without external entropy
> contributors
> it will not be applied by maintainers.

No changes are needed, as the system is currently functional without
these changes.

Jeff


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