[Cryptography] Radioactive random numbers

Perry E. Metzger perry at piermont.com
Thu Sep 12 11:03:38 EDT 2013

On Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:06:35 -0400 "Marcus D. Leech"
<mleech at ripnet.com> wrote:
> And this is the reason that I'd be in favour of "diversity" --
> using sound cards, lava-lamps, etc, etc.  Sources that don't
> explicitly identify themselves as "the random number generator".

As a practical matter, though, people aren't going to put lava lamps
and cameras in their colos along with every 1U box and blade server.
They also won't attach them to the $40 boxes they buy at Best Buy.

Good solutions probably involve hardware that is well tested, on
motherboard, dirt cheap and easy for software to field validate. Yes,
this is hard.

Perry E. Metzger		perry at piermont.com

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