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

From: Nick Kossifidis
Date: Fri Feb 22 2013 - 06:14:27 EST

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2013/2/22 Nick Kossifidis <mickflemm@xxxxxxxxx>:
> Hello all,
> It's nice to see there is still discussion on the matter of using cpu
> timings for entropy. In general using cpu timings for gathering entropy is a
> nice idea but it's not that unpredictable. If someone can profile the system
> he/she can get enough infos to predict (to some point) the generator's
> outcome, especially during boot/reboot. You might pass the tests on a single
> run but if you try to compare the runs e.g. when booting the system multiple
> times you'll see they are correlated.
> Take a look at this:
> It's the output of this patch, before passing data to the entropy pool (btw
> did anyone review this patch or should I resend it ?):
> If you plot the datasets you'll see e.g. that across reboots you get a very
> similar distribution. It is somehow different across boots but still there
> is some correlation there too, notice the difference when fsck runs, still
> not much.
> The distribution is good in general, for mixing it with the rest in the
> system's entropy pool, but on its own I don't think it's enough, especially
> without crypto post-processing.

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