cvs commit: src/sys/libkern arc4random.c
phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Fri Aug 15 12:19:38 PDT 2003
In message <88549156.1060949866 at melange.errno.com>, Sam Leffler writes:
>> In message <87953260.1060949270 at melange.errno.com>, Sam Leffler writes:
>>> Note that the data generated by arc4random needs to be exported to user
>>> apps for seeding crypto operations when operating in a chroot'd
>>> environment where /dev/random is not available.
>> I actually thought about that a bit, and I think "/dev/random" is
>> a wrong concept.
>> I think we should have a randomdata(2) system call instead.
>> Having a /dev/random which is sometimes (chroot/jail) means that
>> applications running under those circumstances are incredible fragile
>> to spoofing by creating a fake "/dev/random" in some way.
>openbsd defined a sysctl to get data from arc4random. They use this as a
>fallback if /dev/random or similar is not available. Applications that
>wanted to be paranoid about spoofing could use this directly. I have not
>compared the goodness of the data from /dev/random and arc4random.
A sysctl works for me too.
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