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Fix excessive reseed rate in random(4).

Authored by markm on Aug 23 2018, 4:46 PM.



Fix braino of mine where the reseeds would happen far too often, making the kernel process way too busy.
PR: 230808
Submitted by: Conrad Meyer <>
Reported by: Danilo Egea Gondolfo <>

Test Plan

Make the PRNG work hard while doing something intensive like "make
world". To make the PRNG work hard, do e.g.
$ dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/null bs=$((1024*1024))

Diff Detail

rS FreeBSD src repository - subversion
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Event Timeline

Apologies to delphij for abandoning the previous identical-looking commit. I was making a pig's ear of the archanist work.

LGTM from an earlier review.

This revision is now accepted and ready to land.Aug 23 2018, 5:08 PM

Copied from earlier review D16866:

This one looks obviously correct to me. Go ahead and commit it. It fixes a security weakness in our implementation relative to spec Fortuna, so I'd be sure to tag the commit with "Security: yes."

Thanks folks! Tinderbox build going, then I'll commit.

This revision was automatically updated to reflect the committed changes.