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SubjectRE: [PATCH v2 00/11] introduce random32_get_bytes() and random32_get_bytes_state()
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> On Sun, 04 Nov 2012 00:43:31 +0900, Akinobu Mita said:
> > This patchset introduces new functions into random32 library for
> > getting the requested number of pseudo-random bytes.
> >
> > Before introducing these new functions into random32 library,
> > prandom32() and prandom32_seed() with "prandom32" prefix are
> > renamed to random32_state() and srandom32_state() respectively.
> >
> > The purpose of this renaming is to prevent some kernel developers
> > from assuming that prandom32() and random32() might imply that only
> > prandom32() was the one using a pseudo-random number generator by
> > prandom32's "p", and the result may be a very embarassing security
> > exposure.
>
> Out of curiosity, why the '32'? I'm just waiting for some kernel developer to
> do something stupid with this on a 64-bit arch because they think it's a 32-bit API. ;)
>
> Should we bite the bullet and lose the 32, as long as we're churning the code *anyhow*?

Also why remove the 'pseudo' part of the name?
It is an important part of the name.

David






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