[ntp:questions] Re: using ntpd to feed the system's random device

Ulrich Windl Ulrich.Windl at RZ.Uni-Regensburg.DE
Tue Oct 4 14:39:22 UTC 2005

AFAIK, UART interrupts and NIC interrupts already feed the random device.
Drift and offset are not random, at least not on the scale you typically

Just MHO...


folkert at vanheusden.com (Folkert van Heusden) writes:

> Hi,
> On some systems, there's a kernel random-device. That device collects
> entropy from numerous devices (like interrupts from disk i/o, keyboard
> clicks intervals, etc.). Now as it seems that the drift and the offsets
> can be pretty much random I was wondering it ntpd could be enhanced so
> that it sends this data to the kernel random-device? It can be helpfull
> for systems that, for example, hardly have any disk-i/o and such.
> Folkert van Heusden
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