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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drivers/net: remove network drivers' last few uses of IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but this thread's conclusions seem to be:

* network interrupts are an inappropriate source of entropy (see my patch)
* headless servers need entropy, but should seek a better solution,
such as EGD, hardware RNG, or other kernel entropy sources (but that
is a separate task)
* TPM RNG is a separate task and, if implemented, should be in


On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 12:21 PM, Jeff Garzik <> wrote:
> Kok, Auke wrote:
>> How about the non-NAPI and non-throttled case? I would argue that without
>> any irq
>> mitigation we can still use SA_RANDOM. Many (e.g. embedded) devices will
>> want some
> When was the last time we added a new driver for new hardware, and it didn't
> support NAPI and/or hw mitigation? They are few and far between, and
> getting ever more rare.
>> extra form of entropy, and providing them it in this form will be very
>> beneficial
>> as these devices more commonly have no other form of entropy anymore.
> "no other form of entropy"? See examples in this thread.
> Jeff

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