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SubjectRe: IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM question...
On Mon, 6 Apr 2009 14:30:26 -0400
Robin Getz <> wrote:

> Although there was some discussion
> about removing IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM from the remaining network drivers in May of
> 2008, but they still appears to be there in 2.6.29.

These are mostly unmaintained drivers. Dunno why tg3 isn't fixed - it has
some mitigation logic so maybe its not observable

> I can put a scope/analyser on a device - and look at the touchscreens, serial
> devices, USB, all without cracking the case.

But you can observe a network interface accurately from all over the lan
(and with a ten dollar card), or a good deal further (I believe up to 1Km
in the right conditions was claimed by some

If you need absolute hard entropy then use a real entropy source, if not
then your user space is using the wrong device file - the blocking for
entropy one. At that point it depends how vital your SSL is to you and
what it protects.


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