[Python-Dev] BDFL ruling request: should we block forever waiting for high-quality random bits?

Random832 random832 at fastmail.com
Fri Jun 10 17:14:50 EDT 2016

On Fri, Jun 10, 2016, at 15:54, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> So even on Python pre-3.5.0, realistically speaking, the "weakness" of
> os.random would only be an issue (a) if it is run within the first few
> seconds of boot, and (b) os.random is used to directly generate a
> long-term cryptographic secret.  If you are fork openssl or ssh-keygen
> to generate a public/private keypair, then you aren't using os.random.

So, I have a question. If this "weakness" in /dev/urandom is so
unimportant to 99% of situations... why isn't there a flag that can be
passed to getrandom() to allow the same behavior?

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