cvs commit: src/sys/modules/random Makefile src/sys/dev/random harvest.c hash.c hash.h nehemiah.c nehemiah.h probe.c randomdev.c randomdev.h randomdev_soft.c randomdev_soft.h yar

Robert Watson rwatson at
Sat Apr 10 10:52:04 PDT 2004

On Sat, 10 Apr 2004, Mark Murray wrote:

> Colin Percival writes:
> >   Is there any reason we can't just have an rc.conf variable
> > entropy_trust_the_spooks = "YES"
> > which allows users to choose between optimal performance and
> > possible problems if the entropy source isn't as good as the
> > vendor claims?
> Sure, that is possible, but I have an aversion to building something
> that is too complicated, because sooner-or-later someone is going to
> stumble over a previously unthought-of combination and create an
> embarrassing incident. I'd rather keep it simple. 

Sounds like what you need RandomGraph so you can arbitrarily plug and play
processing on sources of entropy :-). 

Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
robert at      Senior Research Scientist, McAfee Research

More information about the cvs-src mailing list