Re: Entropy Pool Contents
From: Phillip Susi
Date: Mon Nov 27 2006 - 13:54:44 EST
Chris Friesen wrote:
I believe the idea was that you don't want random users being able to
artificially inflate your entropy count. So the kernel tries to make
use of entropy entered by regular users (by stirring it into the pool)
but it doesn't increase the entropy estimate unless root says its okay.
Why are non root users allowed write access in the first place? Can't
the pollute the entropy pool and thus actually REDUCE the amount of good
entropy? It seems to me that only root should have write access in the
first place because of this, and thus, anything root writes should
increase the entropy count since one can assume that root is supplying
good random data for the purpose of increasing the entropy count.
I was planning on just setting up a little root cron script to pull some
random data from another machine on the network to add to the local
pool, then push some random data back to the other machine to increase
its pool, but found that this doesn't work due to this restriction.
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