Subject: Re: CVS commit: syssrc/sys/dev/ic
To: Ignatios Souvatzis <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 11/08/2001 09:29:06
Ignatios Souvatzis <> writes:
> > I've always been uncomfortable with using the network controllers for
> > entropy and I've said so a lot.
> In the general case, yes. But what do I do with headless, diskless, terminal-
> less, networked computing boxes?

Sharks, in particular, have audio inputs you can sample noise from --
so do many such devices. If you really have nothing at all, you
probably should think about adding something rather than relying on
the network.

If the device is a low security item and you truly have no choice, I
can see using the network for such things, but it is certainly not
something we want to make particularly easy because that would not
convey the right message about the security of such things in other

Perry E. Metzger
NetBSD Development, Support & CDs.