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SubjectRe: [PATCH] random: add a config option to trust the CPU's hwrng
On Sat 2018-08-04 20:25:14, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 04, 2018 at 11:52:10PM +0200, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > However, enabling config option means that the CRNG will be
> > > initialized with potentially information available to the CPU
> > > manufacturer and/or Nation States, and this persists *after*
> > > initialization / early boot. So to say, "we're perfectly safe after
> > > we leave initialization / early boot" is not true.
> >
> > This should really be explained in the help text.
> >
> > I assume that after 10 seconds of moving mouse, user is safe even when
> > rdrand is backoored?
>
> You'll hate this answer, but "it depends". Suppose someone is using
> an init script which generates ssh keys upon first boot if they are
> missing. If this is the case, *and* RDRAND is backdoored, then the
> keys will be generated in such a way that they *might* be succeptible
> to being guessed by a nation state. Moving your mouse around for 1000
> or 10,000 seconds won't help if the host's ssh keys has already been
> generated.

Yep, understood, but after moving the mouse, /dev/random &
/dev/urandom can be trusted afaict.

> Depending on your hardware, no mouse motion might be necessary at all.
> On my laptop (a Dell XPS 13 model 9370) using an dm-crypt protected
> root disk, and running a Debian testing userspace, with a 4.18-rc6
> based kernel, the "CRNG is initialized" message is printed *before*
> the root file system is mounted.

Entropy is easy to gather on any laptop. cat /dev/sda > /dev/null :-).

> On other systems, where the hardware does not issue as many
> interrupts, the mouse motion might be extremely important in order to
> get the "CRNG is initialized" message.
>
> > (Plus, I'd say this should be kernel command line option, not config
> > option...?)
>
> Agreed, there should be a command line option as well. I just haven't
> gotten around to it yet, and in the meantime, having a config option
> is better than nothing. Patches gratefully accepted... :-)

Well, this was RFC :-). I actually don't think config option is good
idea. Command line option is enough.
Pavel
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