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Rather than create yet another cut-n-paste driver, for Via's new on-CPU
RNG that just appeared on the market, I took the opportunity to update
the existing RNG drivers, and take advantage of code sharing. I wrote
the Intel RNG driver along with Philip Rumpf, and Alan copied that, made
several smart improvements, and create the AMD RNG driver.
So in turn, I took Alan's AMD RNG driver, welded Intel bits into it, and
in the end wound up with a modular driver. Then I added Via RNG support
onto the top of the whole mess.
The first patch shuffles around files, and isn't interesting.
The second patch updates Alan's AMD driver to become the new and modular
The third patch adds Via RNG support, which is based around a neat new
"xstore" instruction. More details on that, and code, are in the email
accompanying the patch.
The hardware RNG API as presented to userland is very simple: userland
read(2) from an infinite tap of random data, straight from the hardware
RNG. If you want "bare metal" speed, that's all you need to do. Most
people, however, will want to use the "rng daemon", which reads from the
hardware RNG, performs some sanity checks, and then injects the data
from the hardware RNG into the kernel's /dev/[u]random pool. The kernel
"stirs" that input data along with other in-kernel entropy sources, and
the end result is a faster /dev/[u]random.
It needs a good bit of public testing, comment and review, so it won't
be backported to 2.4.x for a little while yet. Testing especially on
AMD RNG is requested. But please do consider it for inclusion in 2.5.x.
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bk pull bk://kernel.bkbits.net/jgarzik/misc-2.5
This will update the following files:
Documentation/i810_rng.txt | 134 ------
drivers/char/amd768_rng.c | 295 ---------------
drivers/char/i810_rng.c | 404 --------------------
Documentation/hw_random.txt | 134 ++++++
arch/i386/kernel/cpu/centaur.c | 46 +-
arch/i386/kernel/cpu/proc.c | 3
drivers/char/Kconfig | 33 -
drivers/char/Makefile | 3
drivers/char/hw_random.c | 804 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----
include/asm-i386/cpufeature.h | 3
include/asm-i386/msr.h | 1
11 files changed, 906 insertions(+), 954 deletions(-)
through these ChangeSets:
<email@example.com> (03/03/11 1.1103)
[hw_random] add support for Via Nehemiah RNG ("xstore" insn)
<firstname.lastname@example.org> (03/03/11 1.1102)
[hw_random] update Alan's amd rng driver with bits from i810 rng driver,
to form new modular hw_random driver.
<email@example.com> (03/03/11 1.1101)
[hw_random] shuffle files
Delete drivers/char/i810_rng.c, superceded.
Rename Doc/i810_rng.txt to Doc/hw_random.txt.
Rename drv/char/amd768_rng.c to drv/char/hw_random.c.