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Linux 3.14 Kernel Released 132

Posted by samzenpus
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An anonymous reader writes "The Linux 3.14 "Shuffling Zombie Juror" kernel has been released. Significant improvements to Linux 3.14 include the mainlining of SCHED_DEADLINE, stable support for Intel Broadwell CPU graphics, Xen PVH support, stable support for ZRAM, and many other additions. There's also a tentative feature list on KernelNewbies.org."
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Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

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  • by TechyImmigrant (175943) on Monday March 31, 2014 @11:54AM (#46621963) Journal

    The Intel Broadwell CPU has got a machine code pseudo random number generator in it's extended instruction set! Immense! Gimme Gimme Gimme ...

    And what's more the pseudo random number generator is NSA approved [wikipedia.org].

    No. In designing it, I plotted a path around the obvious back doors in SP800-90 and FIPS140-2. I don't think the part of the NSA that likes weak RNGs likes that one. The obvious back doors being the Dual-EC-DRBG and FIPS140-2 section 4.9.2, which I call the FIPS entropy destroyer.

    The reseeding 2 million times a second thing is an effective defense against a class of hypothetical attacks which wouldn't work anyway.

    It is FIPS compliant, but we won't be claiming FIPS certification until it is actually FIPS certified.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.

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