Re: [PATCH] (0/4) Entropy accounting fixes

From: Robert Love (
Date: Sun Aug 18 2002 - 01:31:02 EST

On Sun, 2002-08-18 at 00:01, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> So I think that if we just made the code be much less trusting (say,
> consider the TSC information per interrupt to give only a single bit of
> entropy, for example), and coupled that with making network devices always
> be considered sources of entropy, we'd have a reasonable balance.

I think that sounds good.

I have a patch which I can send - it needs to be rediffed I suspect -
that has each network device feed the entropy pool. (Actually, it
creates a new flag, SA_NET_RANDOM, that defines to SA_SAMPLE_RANDOM or 0
depending on a configure setting. If you want it unconditional, that is
just as easy though).

        Robert Love

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