Reply to post: Re: People trust that?

Linux 4.19 lets you declare your trust in AMD, IBM and Intel

Charles 9 Silver badge

Re: People trust that?

"so while, yes, one single person can't be certain that the CPU doesn't switch completely predictable bytes in place where the USB provided random bytes should be, as a community we can be reasonably sure it doesn't do that; can't say the same of the built-in RNG"

HOW? Particularly against something of state-level resources like a TLA? If they can hide corrupt RNGs in a CPU beyond the ability to detect even via things like x-rays, can't the same technique be used to corrupt any other I/O stream? After all, things like heartbleed and shellshock got past "the community" for a long time, too. For all we know, something like this has been a black project since before it was even a concern to us.

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