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Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:31:17 -0400
From: Sandy Harris <>
Subject: Re: Initialising random(4)

On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 1:10 PM, Kees Cook <> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 10:06 AM, Sandy Harris <> wrote:

>> The gresecurity patches include code to initiailse the driver's pools
>> with random data. I have different code to accomplish the same task &
>> think anyone planning to integrate that part of the gre stuff into the
>> kernel should also have a look at mine:
>> I submitted an earlier version as a kernel patch, part of a large &
>> complex series of proposed patches.
> Do you have a URL to the kernel patch you sent?

Create the program to initialise things:

Changes to the driver to use it:

> Right now, the
> latent_entropy plugin does some static initialization with build-time
> randomness, and then augments the pool with additional entropy during
> boot. How does yours differ?

Mine initialises all pools at compile time, using data from
/dev/urandom on the development machine

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