[PATCH v2] Allow hwrng to initialize crng.

From: Louis Collard
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 - 04:18:59 EST

Some systems, for example embedded systems, do not generate
enough entropy on boot through interrupts, and boot may be blocked for
several minutes waiting for a call to getrandom to complete.

Currently, random data is read from a hwrng when it is registered,
and is loaded into primary_crng. This data is treated in the same
way as data that is device-specific but otherwise unchanging, and
so primary_crng cannot become initialized with the data from the

This change causes the data initially read from the hwrng to be
treated the same as subsequent data that is read from the hwrng if
it's quality score is non-zero.

The implications of this are:

The data read from hwrng can cause primary_crng to become
initialized, therefore avoiding problems of getrandom blocking
on boot.

Calls to getrandom (with GRND_RANDOM) may be using entropy
exclusively (or in practise, almost exclusively) from the hwrng.

Regarding the latter point; this behavior is the same as if a
user specified a quality score of 1 (bit of entropy per 1024 bits)
so hopefully this is not too scary a change to make.

This change is the result of the discussion here:

Signed-off-by: Louis Collard <louiscollard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Jarkko Sakkinen <jarkko.sakkinen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
drivers/char/hw_random/core.c | 11 +++++++++--
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/char/hw_random/core.c b/drivers/char/hw_random/core.c
index 95be7228f327..7736e1a96321 100644
--- a/drivers/char/hw_random/core.c
+++ b/drivers/char/hw_random/core.c
@@ -24,6 +24,7 @@
#include <linux/sched.h>
#include <linux/slab.h>
#include <linux/uaccess.h>
+#include <crypto/chacha20.h>

#define RNG_MODULE_NAME "hw_random"

@@ -64,13 +65,19 @@ static size_t rng_buffer_size(void)
static void add_early_randomness(struct hwrng *rng)
int bytes_read;
- size_t size = min_t(size_t, 16, rng_buffer_size());
+ /* Read enough to initialize crng. */
+ size_t size = min_t(size_t,
+ rng_buffer_size());

bytes_read = rng_get_data(rng, rng_buffer, size, 1);
if (bytes_read > 0)
- add_device_randomness(rng_buffer, bytes_read);
+ /* Allow crng to become initialized, but do not add
+ * entropy to the pool.
+ */
+ add_hwgenerator_randomness(rng_buffer, bytes_read, 0);

static inline void cleanup_rng(struct kref *kref)