Subject: Re: arc4random(9)
To: None <>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 05/29/2002 10:59:58
On Wed, May 29, 2002 at 11:52:12PM +0900, wrote:
> >I understand your position, but I think the name is honestly a very
> >bad one.
> >What if we worked to get FreeBSD etc. to change the name, too?
> 	i think it too late, just like good old "CREAT instead of CREATE"
> 	example.  it is way too widely deployed, it's not only for BSD but also
> 	in tons of thirdparty softwares, like pipermail, linux PAM, linux ipsec,
> 	apache2, and more.

There are lots of functions we do not supply in our libc that Linux does
supply; I'm not sure I buy this argument for the userland version of this

I'm not sure I grasp how use in the linux kernel is relevant to use in our
kernel.  For example, the Linux IPsec will *never* run in our kernel (it
hardly runs in the Linux kernel), so I think that that's a total non-example.

Anyway, at this point I'm more concerned about the code itself.  I still
think it probably leaks key bits after it reseeds.

 Thor Lancelot Simon	                            
   But as he knew no bad language, he had called him all the names of common
 objects that he could think of, and had screamed: "You lamp!  You towel!  You
 plate!" and so on.              --Sigmund Freud