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Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:08:41 +0200
From: "Ulrich Windl" <Ulrich.Windl@...uni-regensburg.de>
To: "Lee Duncan" <lduncan@...e.com>
Cc: "David Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
 "Eric Biggers" <ebiggers3@...il.com>,
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Subject: Antw: Re: Re: [PATCH v4 06/13] iscsi:
 ensure RNG is seeded before use

>>> Jeffrey Walton <noloader@...il.com> schrieb am 17.06.2017 um 16:23 in Nachricht
<CAH8yC8nHX2r9cfQ0gNeJAUrgSfAS8V16dVHv35BRnLn-YprZCg@...l.gmail.com>:

[...]
> But its not clear to me how to ensure uniqueness when its based on
> randomness from the generators.

Even with a perfect random generator non-unique values are possible (that's why it's random). It's unlikely, but it can happen. The question is whether the probability of non-unique values from /dev/urandom is any higher than that for values read from /dev/random. One _might_ be able to predict the values from /dev/urandom.

Regards,
Ulrich

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