[Cryptography] OneRNG kickstarter project looking for donations

ianG iang at iang.org
Mon Dec 15 14:18:54 EST 2014


About this project

After Edward Snowden's recent revelations about how compromised our 
internet security has become some people have worried about whether the 
hardware we're using is compromised - is it? We honestly don't know, but 
like a lot of people we're worried about our privacy and security.

What we do know is that the NSA has corrupted some of the random number 
generators in the OpenSSL software we all use to access the internet, 
and has paid some large crypto vendors millions of dollars to make their 
software less secure. Some people say that they also intercept hardware 
during shipping to install spyware.

We believe it's time we took back ownership of the hardware we use day 
to day. This project is one small attempt to do that - OneRNG is an 
entropy generator, it makes long strings of random bits from two 
independent noise sources that can be used to seed your operating 
system's random number generator. This information is then used to 
create the secret keys you use when you access web sites, or use 
cryptography systems like SSH and PGP.

Openness is important, we're open sourcing our hardware design and our 
firmware, our board is even designed with a removable RF noise shield (a 
'tin foil hat') so that you can check to make sure that the circuits 
that are inside are exactly the same as the circuits we build and sell. 
In order to make sure that our boards cannot be compromised during 
shipping we make sure that the internal firmware load is signed and 
cannot be spoofed.

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