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Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 02:22:28 -0700
From: Dan Kaminsky <>
To: Ben Laurie <>
Subject: Re: DakaRand

> > My assumption is that the other Unixes weren't looking at interrupt
> timing
> > to begin with, i.e. they've always been as starved for entropy as Linux
> > eventually became.
> Well, you know what they say about assumptions.

Smart people will come around and help correct them?  :)

> >  That being said, does VXWorks even *have* an OS provided
> > strong random number generator?
> Don't know, don't care.

Why not?  It carries your data.

> > Windows has CryptGenRandom, which AFAIK doesn't block, and survives
> > everything but VM suspend/restore.
> FreeBSD also doesn't block.

May I ask what FreeBSD's entropy sources are?

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