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Date:	Mon, 26 May 2008 15:43:26 +0200
From:	Alejandro Riveira Fernández 
	<ariveira@...il.com>
To:	Theodore Tso <tytso@....EDU>
Cc:	Glen Turner <gdt@....id.au>,
	Chris Peterson <cpeterso@...terso.com>,
	Alan Cox <alan@...rguk.ukuu.org.uk>,
	Lennart Sorensen <lsorense@...lub.uwaterloo.ca>,
	Jeff Garzik <jeff@...zik.org>,
	"Kok, Auke" <auke-jan.h.kok@...el.com>,
	Rick Jones <rick.jones2@...com>,
	"Brandeburg, Jesse" <jesse.brandeburg@...el.com>,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] drivers/net: remove network drivers' last few uses of
 IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM

El Sun, 25 May 2008 19:27:12 -0400
Theodore Tso <tytso@....EDU> escribió:

> On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 12:39:49AM +0930, Glen Turner wrote:
> > 
> > For example, /dev/random has run out. So the output of /dev/urandom
> > is now determined by previous values of /dev/random.  I then send in
> > a stack of network packets at regular intervals. So the output of
> > /dev/urandom is now greatly determined by those packets.  My search
> > space for the resulting key is small since /dev/urandom appears to
> > be random, but in fact is periodic.
> 
> That's not how it works.  Basically, as long as there is *some*
> entropy in the system, even from the /var/lib/random-seed, or from
> keyboard interrupts, or from mouse interrupts, which is unknown to the
> attacker, in the worse case /dev/urandom will be no worse than a
> cryptographic random number generator.
> 
 [ ... ] 
 
 Just a shot in the dark... would hw sensors (raw data) chips be a good source
 of entropy for /dev/random ?? 

> 		      	     	     	- Ted
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