Re: [PATCH] CPU Jitter RNG: inclusion into kernel crypto API and/dev/random

From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
Date: Mon Oct 28 2013 - 12:06:34 EST

On Mon, 28 Oct 2013, Stephan Mueller wrote:
> If it is accepted that the CPU Jitter RNG delivers entropy, the latter
> update may now allow us to get rid of storing the seed file during
> shutdown and restoring it during the next boot sequence.

That's a 4096-bit safety net (uncredited entropy) which at least Debian
shall not remove.

I think Debian also dumps some low-entropy-per-bit crap into /dev/random
during boot (again, not credited), such as the boot kernel logs. We could
increase the density of that entropy a lot using gzip -0 or something like
that... is an uncredited low-entropy-per-bit dump into the pool detrimental
to its quality?

"One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
Henrique Holschuh
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