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network devices: to IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM or not to IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM?

From:  "Chris Peterson" <cpeterso-AT-cpeterso.com>
To:  linux-kernel-AT-vger.kernel.org
Subject:  network devices: to IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM or not to IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM?
Date:  Tue, 13 May 2008 09:49:00 -0700
Message-ID:  <a24804730805130949o32687f74id4fce833c3589641@mail.gmail.com>
Archive-link:  Article

Should network devices be allowed to contribute entropy to /dev/random?

This issue has been discussed before, but does not seem to have been
settled: some net drivers [1] use IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM when calling
request_irq(), but the vast majority do not. It seems like all net
drivers should follow the same entropy paranoia policy (whether that
is all net drivers should use IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM, no net drivers, or a
compile-time option).

Robert Love wrote a patch that added such a compile-time option,
CONFIG_NET_RANDOM (though I believe he stopped maintaining it in
2004). [2]

chris

[1] net drivers that use IRQF_SAMPLE_RANDOM:

drivers/net/3c523.c
drivers/net/3c527.c
drivers/net/atlx/atl1.c
drivers/net/cris/eth_v10.c
drivers/net/ibmlana.c
drivers/net/macb.c
drivers/net/mv643xx_eth.c
drivers/net/netxen/netxen_nic_main.c
drivers/net/niu.c
drivers/net/qla3xxx.c
drivers/net/tg3.c
drivers/net/xen-netfront.c

[2] http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/rml/netdev-...


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