Re: [PATCH] Re: [PATCH] drivers/net: remove network drivers' lastfew uses of IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Fri May 16 2008 - 12:25:31 EST

Herbert Xu wrote:
> On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 12:19:49PM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
>> Just think a little bit: system has no randomness source except the
>> hardware RNG. you do your strange randomness verification. if it fails
>> what do you do? You don't feed anything into your entropy pool and all
>> your random output is predictable (just boot time) If you add anything
>> predictable from another source it's still predictable, no difference.
> You can continue to feed data into the pool even if it fails the
> test. You just keep the entropy value same as before.

You could do that, but what advantage would it have? I don't think it's
worth running the FIPS test, or rather requiring the user land daemon
and leaving behind most of the userbase just for this.

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