[PATCH] hwrng: imx-rngc - add quality to use it as kernel entropy pool

From: Marco Felsch
Date: Thu May 07 2020 - 06:01:28 EST

The RM describes the RNGB as follow:
The RNGB uses the True Random Number Generator (TRNG) and a
Pseudo-Random Number Generator (PRNG) to achieve a true randomness and
cryptographic strength.

The RNGB has 3 operation modes: self-test, seed-generation and the final
'random number generation' mode. Befor we can retrieve random numbers
from the RNGB we need to generate the seed pool:
During the seed generation, the RNGB adds the entropy generated in the
TRNG to the 256-bit XKEY register. The PRNG algorithm executes 20.000
entropy samples from the TRNG to create an initial seed for the random
number generation.

The RNGB can generate 2^20 words (4byte) of 'random' data after the
seed pool was initialized. The pool needs to be reseeded if more words
are required. The reseeding is done automatically since
commit 3acd9ea9331c ("hwrng: imx-rngc - use automatic seeding").

We can't retrieve the TRNG values directly so we need a other way to get
the quality level. We know that the PRNG uses 20.000 entropy samples
from the TRNG to generate 2^20 words (1MiB) and the quality level is
defined as (in bits of entropy per 1024 bits of input). So the quality
level can be calculated by:

20.000 * 1024
------------- = ~ 19.5

Signed-off-by: Marco Felsch <m.felsch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
drivers/char/hw_random/imx-rngc.c | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/drivers/char/hw_random/imx-rngc.c b/drivers/char/hw_random/imx-rngc.c
index 9c47e431ce90..61c844baf26e 100644
--- a/drivers/char/hw_random/imx-rngc.c
+++ b/drivers/char/hw_random/imx-rngc.c
@@ -285,6 +285,7 @@ static int imx_rngc_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
rngc->rng.init = imx_rngc_init;
rngc->rng.read = imx_rngc_read;
rngc->rng.cleanup = imx_rngc_cleanup;
+ rngc->rng.quality = 19;

rngc->dev = &pdev->dev;
platform_set_drvdata(pdev, rngc);