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SecuriTeam: Holes in the Linux Random Number Generator

May 15, 2006, 22:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Zvi Gutterman, Benny Pinkas, Tzachy Reinman)

"The Linux random number generator is part of the kernel of all Linux distributions and is based on generating randomness from entropy of operating system events. The output of this generator is used for almost every security protocol, including TLS/SSL key generation, choosing TCP sequence numbers, and file system and email encryption.

"Although the generator is part of an open source project, its source code (about 2500 lines of code) is poorly documented, and patched with hundreds of code patches..."

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