Subject: Re: arc4random(9)
To: matthew green <>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
List: tech-kern
Date: 05/29/2002 13:22:09
In message <>matthew green writes

>would someone please explain to me why our _kernel_ random() needs
>to worry about POSIX or being reproducible (in general) ?

Verification that the in-kernel security subsystem or cryptosystem
(or other tool using random(9)) really does what it's supposed to do.
By reverse-engineering the behaviour and comparing to behaviour
on the (known, reproducible)  random(9) stream.

And for debugging, when it doesn't match.