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Re: OpenSSH/OpenSSL patches to stop excessive entropy consumption

On Sun, Mar 04, 2012 at 02:20:54PM +0100, Pawel Jakub Dawidek wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 03, 2012 at 11:12:23PM -0500, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:
> > Sorry, something was wrong with that diff.  This one is right.
> > -   arc4random_stir();
> > -   arc4random_buf(rnd, sizeof(rnd));
> > +   assert((read(urandom_fd, rnd, sizeof(rnd)) == sizeof(rnd)));
> This is very bad idea to execute code as an assert() condition.
> assert() is optional and if code is compiled with NDEBUG it will be
> turned into no-op and in your case no random data will be read at all,
> which makes this change dangerous.

Yes.  Someone noticed this within minutes -- already fixed.  Thanks.

A bad idea to do this even for debugging during development; as this
shows, it can easily leak out into the real world...


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