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From: David Laight <David.Laight@ACULAB.COM>
To: 'Pavel Machek' <pavel@ucw.cz>, "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <tytso@mit.edu>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>,
	"Ahmed S. Darwish" <darwish.07@gmail.com>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Nicholas Mc Guire <hofrat@opentech.at>,
	"the arch/x86 maintainers" <x86@kernel.org>,
	Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>,
	Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
Subject: RE: x86/random: Speculation to the rescue
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 11:33:46 +0000
Message-ID: <4748b43e6b00415fb21c1a127a835e87@AcuMS.aculab.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191007221817.GA4027@amd>

From: Pavel Machek
> Sent: 07 October 2019 23:18
..
> I have many systems including SoC here, but technology needed for NAND
> flash is different from technology for CPU, so these parts do _not_
> share a silicon die. They do not even share same package. (Also RTC
> tends to be on separate chip, connected using i2c).

NAND flash requires ECC so is likely to be async.
But I2C is clocked from the cpu end - so is fixed.

Also an embedded system could be booting off a large serial EEPROM.
These have fixed timings and are clocked from the cpu end.

So until you get any ethernet interface up and can look at receive packet
timings there isn't likely to be any randomness at all.
A high resolution voltage  (or temperature) monitor might generate noise
in its LSB - but they don't often have a higher resolution than the stability
of the signal.

I can't remember (from the start of this thread) why 'speculation' is expected to
generate randomness.
I'd have thought the loop was deterministic - but you don't know the initial state.
More iterations may just be amplifying the initial small randomness - rather than
generating extra randomness.
So while it gets the system to boot, it hasn't actually done its job.

	David

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Thread overview: 37+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-09-28 22:24 Thomas Gleixner
2019-09-28 23:53 ` Linus Torvalds
2019-09-29  7:40   ` Thomas Gleixner
2019-09-29  8:05   ` Alexander E. Patrakov
2019-09-30  1:16   ` Linus Torvalds
2019-09-30  2:59     ` Linus Torvalds
2019-09-30  6:10       ` Borislav Petkov
2019-09-30 16:06         ` Linus Torvalds
2019-10-01 13:51           ` Borislav Petkov
2019-10-01 17:14             ` Linus Torvalds
2019-10-01 17:50               ` [PATCH] char/random: Add a newline at the end of the file Borislav Petkov
2019-09-30 18:05         ` x86/random: Speculation to the rescue Kees Cook
2019-09-30  3:37     ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2019-09-30 13:16       ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2019-09-30 16:15         ` Linus Torvalds
2019-09-30 16:32           ` Peter Zijlstra
2019-09-30 17:03             ` Linus Torvalds
2019-10-01 10:28           ` David Laight
2019-10-15 21:50             ` Thomas Gleixner
2019-10-01 16:15   ` Ahmed S. Darwish
2019-10-01 16:37     ` Kees Cook
2019-10-01 17:18       ` Ahmed S. Darwish
2019-10-01 17:25     ` Linus Torvalds
2019-10-06 12:07       ` Pavel Machek
2019-10-02 12:01     ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2019-10-06 11:41   ` Pavel Machek
2019-10-06 17:26     ` Linus Torvalds
2019-10-06 17:35       ` Pavel Machek
2019-10-06 18:06         ` Linus Torvalds
2019-10-06 18:21           ` Pavel Machek
2019-10-06 18:26             ` Linus Torvalds
2019-10-07 11:47             ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2019-10-07 22:18               ` Pavel Machek
2019-10-08 11:33                 ` David Laight [this message]
2019-10-09  8:02                   ` Pavel Machek
2019-10-09  9:37                     ` David Laight
2019-10-01  2:14 hgntkwis

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