/dev/random and entropy pool

Jeremy Stoltz jstoltz at oz.net
Tue Apr 2 14:17:00 CST 2002


Do you know of any other options. Right now I'm looking at either the kernel
patch to use network devices or the Broadcom card. The card costs about $300
and is probably overkill for this.

Thanks,
Jeremy


----- Original Message -----
From: "Arjan van de Ven" <arjanv at redhat.com>
To: "Michael E Brown" <michael_e_brown at dell.com>
Cc: "Jeremy Stoltz" <jstoltz at oz.net>; <Linux-PowerEdge at dell.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 1:02 AM
Subject: Re: /dev/random and entropy pool


> Michael E Brown wrote:
> >
> > Intel i810 driver would be nice, but... we don't have i810 chipsets in
any
> > of our servers :-(
> >
> > If you are into running your own compiled kernels, there is a patch
> > for net devices to contribute their IRQ randomness to the pool.
> > http://www.tech9.net/rml/linux/ (about halfway down.)
>
> the problem with this is that it gives an outside party influence on the
> entropy pool..
> might as well use /dev/urandom then...
>
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