Subject: Re: NOTICE: serious fsirand(8) bug
To: Brian Hechinger <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/09/1997 13:45:51
Brian Hechinger writes:
> Jason Thorpe drunkenly mumbled...
> > fsirand(8) is a program that randomizes the inode generation numbers on
> > ffs file systems.
> and what exactly is the benefit of doing this??

It provides some security by making NFS file handles unpredictable.

In fact, our RNG is not good enough to do this right, but we should be
fixing that soon.