[Ach] removed outdated info on Linux RNG / haveged

Hanno Böck hanno at hboeck.de
Sun May 7 14:13:00 CEST 2017

Hi Aaron,

While I generally agree that using urandom is good advice, there is a
serious problem that the Heninger paper points out: Early boot time

There used to be no easy fix, but now there is: The getrandom()
function supports a mode that will block if the RNG hasn't been seeded
yet, but will not block afterwards.
(there is a fake way of achieving the same: Read one byte
from /dev/random and afterwards from /dev/urandom)

getrandom() is only available with relatively recent kernels and very
recent glibc. But I think this is the future solution. It also avoids
situations where applications may not be allowed to access /dev/.

Ideally I'd like to see getrandom become a de-facto-standard and
adopted by other OSes.

Hanno Böck

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