testing quality of a /dev/random

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Thu Mar 9 18:33:33 CET 2000

On Thu, 9 Mar 2000, Sam Roberts wrote:

> - why do people think that Linux's dev/random is of high quality?
> - how was it tested?
> - how, if it is possible at all, do I demonstrate that my port generates
>   random data of the same quality?

IIRC there was a qdiscussion about this on coderpunks some time ago
and look fro /dev/random or tytso at mit.edu

> I think I could just grap the TSC on

Code for the TSC has not always been in /dev/random.

> - is it possible to have this included in a contrib directory?

Yes.  Send me the tarball and I'll put it up.


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