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SubjectRe: [PATCH 07/10] random: add new get_random_bytes_arch() function
On Thu, Jul 05, 2012 at 11:35:12AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>
> If "get_random_bytes()" doesn't use the hw rng when it exists, it is
> broken. It's that simple.
>

It is using the HW RNG when it exists; it will ultimately call
xfer_secondary_pool, which will mix in inputs from the hw rng. So we
do get all of the security of the HW RNG. Currently all of the
callers of the get_random_bytes() have to accomodate the fact that the
HW RNG might not be there (on non-Intel architectures if nothing
else), so get_random_bytes() can't be used in any hot paths as it is.

So we *are* using the hw rng; we're just not using it to the exclusion
of anything else.

- Ted


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