Subject: re: arc4random(9)
To: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
From: matthew green <email@example.com>
Date: 05/31/2002 02:14:43
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>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.
these are special case scenarios, not "in general."
i don't see why it matters "in general."