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Re: [Demexp-dev] VIA x86-like processors with cryptographic facilities

From: Brian Hurt
Subject: Re: [Demexp-dev] VIA x86-like processors with cryptographic facilities
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 18:24:14 -0500 (CDT)

On Sun, 19 Sep 2004, David MENTRE wrote:

> Hello,
> Latest VIA x86-like processors have cryptographic facilities (physical
> random number generator and AES encryption). It might be useful as a
> possible low cost solution to make secure demexp servers:
> Yours,
> d.

I wouldn't trust the random number generator.  As a source of randomness, 
yes- but I'd wash them through a cryptographic hash to wash out any 
biases.  It's really easy for biases to creep into hardware RNGs.

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