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SubjectRe: [PATCH] random: add a config option to trust the CPU's hwrng
On 18 July 2018 at 02:51, Theodore Y. Ts'o <> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 09:43:44PM -0400, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
>> This gives the user building their own kernel (or a Linux
>> distribution) the option of deciding whether or not to trust the CPU's
>> hardware random number generator (e.g., RDRAND for x86 CPU's) as being
>> correctly implemented and not having a back door introduced (perhaps
>> courtesy of a Nation State's law enforcement or intelligence
>> agencies).
>> This will prevent getrandom(2) from blocking, if there is a
>> willingness to trust the CPU manufacturer.
>> Signed-off-by: Theodore Ts'o <>

(Apologies if this is a duplicate reply, I misread the tiny text in gmail asking
me if it was ok to send non plain text (dunno what caused that), so I guess
the first version went to /dev/null, at least as far as the list is concerned.)

On my haswell, since 4.16.4 and the corresponding 4.17-rc. my (sysv)
bootscript to start unbound hangs for a couple of minutes unless I use the
keyboard. Same on my kaveri. Those both lack spinning rust, but on two
other SSD-only machines (ryzen, phenom) the security fix did not slow down
the boot.

So, since I've got better things to do than _worry_ about than whether my
government, or yours, is spying on me, I would prefer to have the option to
take the risk on the machines that will then boot faster.


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