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

From: David Wagner (
Date: Wed Aug 21 2002 - 22:27:16 EST

Linus Torvalds wrote:
>There are _real_ reasons why a firewall box (ie one
>that probably comes with a flash memory disk, and runs a small web-server
>for configuration) would want to have strong random numbers (exactly for
>things like generating host keys when asked to by the sysadmin), yet you
>seem to say that such a user would have to use /dev/urandom.

Such users should be using /dev/urandom anyway.
Most apps I've seen that use /dev/random do so out of confusion,
not because /dev/random is the right thing to use.
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