yarrow unix source

Damien Miller djm at mindrot.org
Fri Mar 17 15:36:29 EST 2000

On Thu, 24 Feb 2000, Adam Back wrote:

> Hi guys
> We at ZKS were also interested in yarrow under unix.  However the
> implementation that counterpane have on their web page doesn't correspond to
> the paper -- it is a pretty different design.
> Also the windows code is hairy in the extreme -- I decided to reimplement it
> from scratch from the paper, rather than try to look at that windows code too
> much (yeuch!).  And in writing from the paper, this is when I found that
> contrary to expectations from reading their webpage, the code is completely
> unrelated to the paper.
> I asked them about this discrepency and apparently there was a previous
> version of the paper with a different design.  However they don't reference
> the previous paper at all on their web page.
> I suggested they should mention that there is a difference as people will be
> using the code under false assumptions about it's design, and they've done
> this now.
> So I have some nice, clean unix source code for the new yarrow design, which
> we're going to release under BSD or other open license, asap.
Has there been any movement on this release? 

We are keen to use Yarrow as an entropy source for OpenSSH. I would
be willing to test and debug such code :)


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