Why not get randomness from sensors?
Posted May 11, 2006 14:44 UTC (Thu) by pjones
In reply to: Why not get randomness from sensors?
Parent article: On the safety of Linux random numbers
I think you're wrong about what "substantial" means here. It doesn't need to be enough entropy to use as the system's only source. It needs to be enough to pervert the data from all the other sources in a way that masks their (potential) weeknesses. That requires surprisingly little data, if it is truly unavailable to attackers.
To that end, the bigger worry here is that it's just the sort of data you might want to stick in SNMP for your monitoring infrastructure to check on.
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