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SubjectRe: [PATCH 7/14] random: Remove SA_SAMPLE_RANDOM from network drivers
Theodore Tso wrote:
> On Thu, May 25, 2006 at 12:47:18AM +0200, Marcin Dalecki wrote:
>> Anytime you start to make unquantified assumptions in the context of
>> / dev/random the issue turns up that this whole thing is not worth
>> the trouble because much simpler approaches will be sufficient
>> enough to acomplish what it does. On the other hand you can't
>> provide any actual full analysis of it's behaviour - which is just
>> *not acceptable* for anybody trully concerned. And this in
>> conjunction makes the WHOLE idea behind it questionable.
> Nobody can provide any kind of full analysis about whether or not
> SHA-2 or AES is secure, either. Does that we mean we just give up and
> go home? No, we do the best job we can, with the best information we
> have. Sometimes that means we have to make assumptions, but the
> entire construction of AES and SHA-2 is based on similar assumptions,
> too.
> Academics who make "full analysis" generally use as axioms things like
> "assume MD5 is secure" or "assume SHA-1 is secure", which are really
> fancy assumptions. If we had used a "simpler approaches" based such
> axioms we might have been in trouble. So I think some of the analysis
> and designs choices that I made in /dev/random is most definitely
> worth the trouble.
> Regards,
> - Ted
As usual I agree with you, for lack of a really good random source it's
worth doing the best possible job with what's available. Would be nice
to have a cheap USB bit babbler, tho.

Bill Davidsen <>
Obscure bug of 2004: BASH BUFFER OVERFLOW - if bash is being run by a
normal user and is setuid root, with the "vi" line edit mode selected,
and the character set is "big5," an off-by-one errors occurs during
wildcard (glob) expansion.

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