Re: [RFC][PATCH] Entropy generator with 100 kB/s throughput

From: Phil Carmody
Date: Thu Feb 21 2013 - 09:18:15 EST

Apologies if this is misthreaded, I had to hand-craft the headers.

> The patch offers an entropy generator based on CPU timing jitter. The
> entropy collector has the following properties:
> * it does not maintain any state and therefore does not need any seed

What is this "pool" if it's not "state"?

> /* Entropy pool of the RNG which is filled upon each request for entropy */
> struct rand_data

And, from looking at jitterentropy_entropy_calc(), it seems to think that
the [source producing the] following sequence of timestamps:

1000, 1010, 1030, 1050, 1060, 1080, 1090, 1110, 1120, ...
i.e. with absolutely metronomic deltas of 10, 20, 10, 20, 10, 20, ...

has 4 bit of entropy per reading. I hope I don't have to explicitly say
that it clearly it has 0 bits of entropy.

Entropy harvesting is quite hard - entropy estimation is unimaginably harder.
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