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Re: regarding the changes to kernel entropy gathering

> On Apr 6, 2021, at 2:21 PM, Martin Husemann <> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 06, 2021 at 10:54:51AM -0700, Greg A. Woods wrote:
>> Except.... it seems to be useless in practice without an initial seed,
> Yes.
>> And the stock implementation has no possibility of ever providing an
>> initial seed at all on its own (unlike previous implementations, and of
>> course unlike what my patch _affords_).
> Isn't it as simple as:
> 	dd bs=32 if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/random
> ?

That runs the risk of people thinking it adds entropy.  I'd be more comfortable with this:

	dd bs=32 if=/dev/zero of=/dev/random

because it makes the security implications more obvious.


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