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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4] timekeeping: contribute wall clock to rng on time change
On Thu, Jun 23, 2022 at 09:12:49PM +0200, Jason A. Donenfeld wrote:
> The rng's random_init() function contributes the real time to the rng at
> boot time, so that events can at least start in relation to something
> particular in the real world. But this clock might not yet be set that
> point in boot, so nothing is contributed. In addition, the relation
> between minor clock changes from, say, NTP, and the cycle counter is
> potentially useful entropic data.
> This commit addresses this by mixing in a time stamp on calls to
> settimeofday and adjtimex. No entropy is credited in doing so, so it
> doesn't make initialization faster, but it is still useful input to
> have.
> Fixes: 1da177e4c3f4 ("Linux-2.6.12-rc2")
> Cc:
> Signed-off-by: Jason A. Donenfeld <>
> ---
> kernel/time/timekeeping.c | 7 ++++++-
> 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

Reviewed-by: Eric Biggers <>

- Eric

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