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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86, random: Fix get_random_bytes() warning in x86 start_kernel
On May 29, 2018 9:58:10 AM PDT, Prarit Bhargava <> wrote:
>On 05/29/2018 12:07 PM, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:
>> On Tue, May 29, 2018 at 11:01:07AM -0400, Prarit Bhargava wrote:
>>> Kees, in early boot no pool is available so the stack canary is
>initialized from
>>> the TSC. Later in boot, the stack canary will use the the crng.
>>> ie) in early boot only TSC is okay, and late boot (when crng_ready()
>is true)
>>> the pool will be used.
>> But that means all of the kernel threads (e.g., workqueues, et. al)
>> would not be well protected by the stack canary. That
>> seems.... rather unfortunate.
>Well, as stated the TSC is used as a source of entropy in early boot.
>always been that way and get_random_bytes() AFAICT has always returned
>0. CPUs
>added later on via hotplug do use get_random_bytes().
>Does anyone cc'd have a better idea on how to get another source of
>entropy this
>early in boot?
>> - Ted

RDRAND/RDSEED for newer x86 processors.
Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.

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