[Whonix-devel] Bug#927974: jitterentropy_rng.ko never loads: jitternentropy-rngd doesn't complain

Luca Boccassi bluca at debian.org
Fri Apr 26 11:33:45 CEST 2019

On Thu, 2019-04-25 at 15:37 +0000, procmem at riseup.net wrote:
> Package: jitterentropy-rngd
> Version: 1.0.8-3
> Severity: important
> Dear Maintainer,
> As part of my work on a downstream privacy distro, I tested
> jitternentropy-rngd while integrating it and discovered the
> complementing kernel module jitterentropy_rng.ko never loads on boot
> as it is supposed to when the userspace jitterentropy daemon is
> installed. As a VM based OS a reliable entropy source that guarantees
> /dev/urandom is safely seeded is a priority. To test if it works one
> would see the signs described by the jitter dev Stephan Mueller [0].
> I've confirmed that oddly no dmesg messages appear and the userspace
> service churns along fine despite the module silently never loading.
> Please try to fix this when possible. I have reported this problem
> against the kernel package too.
> TIA 
> [0] 
> https://www.whonix.org/pipermail/whonix-devel/2019-April/001365.html
> [1] 
> https://www.whonix.org/pipermail/whonix-devel/2019-April/001366.html


As far as I know, the kernel module and the userspace daemon are
separate and independent, and serve different purposes.

Kind regards,
Luca Boccassi
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