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Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:50:33 +0000
From: John Haxby <>
Subject: Re: Some AMD cpus with RDRAND fail to produce random
 numbers after suspend/resume

> On 17 Jan 2020, at 08:10, Sven Schwedas <> wrote:
> On 17.01.20 05:21, Jeffrey Walton wrote:
>> I agree with Lennart Poettering. This seems CVE worthy given RDRAND is
>> often used to get the kernel generator (and other userland generators)
>> in good working order.
> From my understanding it's harmless as far as linux's kernel generator
> is concerned, as it's just xor'd to other entropy sources?
> CVEs should only be needed on a case-by-case basis for userland
> generators that aren't properly engineered.

Actually, the kernel does use rdrand directly for cases where a strong CPRNG not required.  Whether some of those cases result in an exploitable bug I wouldn't like to say.


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