docs/106027: man 4 random has a URL as reference - 2nd TRIAL

waldeck at waldeck at
Wed Nov 29 18:50:32 UTC 2006

>Number:         106027
>Category:       docs
>Synopsis:       man 4 random has a URL as reference - 2nd TRIAL
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-doc
>State:          open
>Class:          doc-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Nov 29 18:50:20 GMT 2006
>Originator:     waldeck at
>Release:        7.0-CURRENT-200611
FreeBSD fbh 7.0-CURRENT-200611 FreeBSD 7.0-CURRENT-200611
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Follow up to PR 101564 (

> The URL is required to understand the Yarrow protocol, we cannot remove
> that eventhough it requires internet access for this.

If the paper is really required for the understanding it should be part of the system.

I asked Bruce Schneier about the topic and I got following answer:



 >Hello Bruce,
 >FreeBSD uses an implemenation of the yarrow pseudorandom number generator.
 >The man page (man 4 random) includes the URL of your paper
 >This is not convenient if your are offline.
 >Is there any problem like licening issues if a copy of the paper is 
 >included in FreeBSD?

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