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

Jivin Jeff Garzik lays it down ...
...
> >If kernelspace can assist and driver _knows_ in advance that data
> >produced is cryptographically strong, why not allow it directly
> >access pools?
>
> A kernel driver cannot know in advance that the data from a hardware RNG
> is truly random, unless the data itself is 100% validated beforehand.

You can also say that it cannot know that data written to /dev/random
is truly random unless it is also validated ?

For argument you could just run "cat < /dev/hwrandom > /dev/random"
instead of using rngd.

If /dev/random demands a level of randomness, shouldn't it enforce it ?

If the HW is using 2 random sources, a non-linear mixer and a FIPS140
post processor before handing you a random number it would be nice to
take advantage of that IMO.

Cheers,
Davidm

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