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From: H. Peter Anvin <hpa <at> linux.intel.com>
Subject: [PATCH 0/3] RDSEED support for the Linux kernel
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel
Date: Tuesday 4th March 2014 22:40:12 UTC (over 2 years ago)
From: "H. Peter Anvin" 

Upcoming Intel silicon adds a new RDSEED instruction.  Whereas RDRAND
returns output from a PRNG, the RDSEED instruction returns fully
conditioned entropy that is suitable for use as seeds to a PRNG.

This patchset adds support for RDSEED in the Linux kernel in three
places:

1. During bootup, use RDSEED to initialize the entropy pool if
   available (we already use RDRAND for this).  We don't add any
   credit at this point, but it will give much better starting point.

2. In the slow path to add_interrupt_randomness, executed once per
   second, we take a single RDSEED sample and mix it into the entropy
   pool, crediting it at 50% of its rated entropy.  This was suggested
   by Linus.

3. If we are about to block on /dev/random due to lack of entropy,
   attempt an "emergency pool refill" using RDSEED.

Comments are, of course, appreciated.

	-hpa
 
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