Subject: Re: Kernel random number generator
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/30/1997 18:20:27
On Wed, 30 Apr 1997 18:20:30 -0700 (PDT) 
 David Brownlee <> wrote:

 > 	The openbsd people have done some interesting things with putting
 > 	random number generators into the kernel - using the
 > 	unpredicability of kernbel events to provide a 'pool' of
 > 	randomness.
 > 	Its probably very much worth looking at what they've done,
 > 	possibly even integrating it into netbsd...

...someone is already working on a good "randomness" subsystem in
the kernel, along with a /dev/random for userspace access.  That
individual chose specifically _NOT_ to use OpenBSD's implementation
because of serious problems in its design.

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