Re: [PATCH v2 0/3] add support of hardware random generator on MediaTek MT7622
From: Sean Wang
Date: Tue Jun 20 2017 - 12:08:35 EST
On Tue, 2017-06-20 at 16:59 +0200, Torsten Duwe wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:21:17PM +0800, Sean Wang wrote:
> > Hi Herbert,
> > thanks for effort reviewing on those patches.
> > By the way, also loop in Torsten
> > Could you kindly guide me how to determine appropriate
> > rng->ops.quality value used by the driver?
> > I have tested with rngtest on mtk-cir and the result is got as
> > the below log shown. If the rngtest always gives the result for
> > success rate over 99.8%, can I set the rng->ops.quality 998?
> > rngtest: starting FIPS tests...
> > rngtest: bits received from input: 20000032
> > rngtest: FIPS 140-2 successes: 998
> > rngtest: FIPS 140-2 failures: 2
> No! You'd have to determine the failure threshold of the test and
> apply some math to find a lower boundary of your RNG's entropy.
> What the quality is for: your RNG produces bits, but not all of them
> are completely independent of each other i.e. not completely random.
> So you simply lower the quality rating to express the net entropy
> contained in the data stream.
Understood, appreciate your quick and clear explanation.
For the math, is there existing any well-known or recommended
open source software assisting identify the lower boundary of
RNG entropy? I think the logic should be common for all RNGs.