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

From: Marco Colombo (
Date: Mon Aug 19 2002 - 05:15:07 EST

On Mon, 19 Aug 2002, Theodore Ts'o wrote:

> P.S. /dev/urandom should probably also be changed to use an entirely
> separate pool, which then periodically pulls a small amount of entropy
> from the priamry pool as necessary. That would make /dev/urandom
> slightly more dependent on the strength of SHA, while causing it to
> not draw down as heavily on the entropy stored in /dev/random, which
> would be a good thing.

Shouldn't it be moved to userpace, instead? Pulling a small amount
of entropy from /dev/random can be done in userspace, too. And the
application could choose *how often* and *how many* bits to pull.
The kernel can only make a choice which may be too much for an application
(making it drain more entropy than it needs) or too little for another
(forcing it to use /dev/random directly). Let the kernel implement
the Real Thing only (/dev/random). /dev/urandom really belongs to


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