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    SubjectRe: entropy gathering (was Re: Why does reading from /dev/urandom deplete entropy so much?)
    Matt Mackall wrote:
    > On Sat, Dec 08, 2007 at 02:36:33PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
    >> As an aside...
    >> Speaking as the maintainer rng-tools, which is the home of the hardware
    >> RNG entropy gathering daemon...
    >> I wish somebody (not me) would take rngd and several other projects, and
    >> combine them into a single actively maintained "entropy gathering" package.
    > I think we should re-evaluate having an internal path from the hwrngs
    > to /dev/[u]random, which will reduce the need for userspace config
    > that can go wrong.

    That's a bit of a tangent on a tangent. :) Most people don't have a
    hardware RNG.

    But as long as there are adequate safeguards against common hardware
    failures (read: FIPS testing inside the kernel), go for it.


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