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Re: regarding the changes to kernel entropy gathering

On Sun, Apr 04, 2021 at 02:16:41PM -0700, Paul Goyette wrote:
> > Personally, I'm happy with anything that your average high school
> > student is unlikely to be able to crack in an hour.   I don't run
> > a bank, or a military installation, and I'm not the NSA.   If someone
> > is prepared to put in the effort required to break into my systems,
> > then let them, it isn't worth the cost to prevent that tiny chance.
> > That's the same way that my house has ordinary locks - I'm sure they
> > can be picked by someone who knows what they're doing, and better
> > security is available, at a price, but a nice happy medium is what
> > fits me best.
> FWIW, I used to work for a company whose marketing motto was
> 	Good enough isn't!
> But I definitely agree with you - what we used to have is "good
> enough" for the vast bulk of our users and potential users.
> Perhaps sysinst(8) should ask
> 	Do you need a hyper-secure system?
> If yes, then leave things as they are today.  But if you answer no,
> we should automatically copy enough pseudo-entropy bits to /dev/rnd
> to prevent future blocking.

For most architectures, sysinst does do exactly that. It assumes that
you don't just reset or reboot, but properly shutdown the system.


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