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SubjectRe: [PATCH] API for true Random Number Generators to add entropy (2.6.11)
Hi!


> >>See the earlier discussion, when data validation was -removed- from the
> >>original Intel RNG driver, and moved to userspace.
> >
> >I'm not arguing against userspace validation, but if data produced
> >_is_ cryptographically strong, why revalidate it again?
>
> You cannot prove this without validating the data in software.
>
> Otherwise, you are not handling the hardware-fault case.
>
> It is foolish to presume that hardware always works correctly. It is
> -very- foolish to presume this, in cryptography.

We trust hardware, anyway. Like your disk *could* accidentaly turn on
setuid bit on /bin/bash, and we do not insist on userspace
disk-validator.

I do not think paranoia about random generators is neccessary. If
vendor provides you with random generator, it should be ok to just use
it. [Did anyone see failing hw random generator, *at all*?] I can
provide you with plenty of failing hdds....
Pavel
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