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Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:04:20 -0700
From: Andrew Morton <>
To: Thomas Garnier <>
Cc: Laura Abbott <>, Joe Perches <>,
 Christoph Lameter <>, Pekka Enberg <>, David
 Rientjes <>, Joonsoo Kim <>, Kees
 Cook <>, Greg Thelen <>, Laura
 Abbott <>,,
 LKML <>, Linux-MM <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm: SLAB freelist randomization

On Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:52:30 -0700 Thomas Garnier <> wrote:

> I agree, if we had a generic way to pass entropy across boots on all
> architecture that would be amazing. I will let the SLAB maintainers to
> decide on requiring CONFIG_ARCH_RANDOM or documenting it.

In our world, requiring that sort of attention from maintainers
requires a pretty active level of pinging, poking and harrassing ;)

I do think that if you stick with get_random_bytes_arch() then it need
a comment explaining why.

And I (still) don't think that get_random_bytes_arch() actually does
what you want - if CONFIG_ARCH_RANDOM isn't implemented then
get_random_bytes_arch() just fails.  IOW your statement "the arch
version that will fallback on get_random_bytes sub API in the worse
case" is a misconception?  There is no fallback.

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