FIPS 140-2 random number generator test monitor
driver “hooks up”
to hardware crypto devices to monitor the entropy data passed to the
subsystem. This data is periodically
tested for FIPS 140-2 compliance and statistics are collected. If the
harvested entropy fails any of the FIPS test suite, then it is discarded and
testing is continuously applied until “good data” is received
from the device. Failures are optionally reported on the console.
The idea for this and the original code came from
Jason L. Wright
device driver first appeared in
Crypto device drivers must be compiled specially to make use of this driver;
this should not be necessary. This feature might better be integrated into the
subsystem where it can be applied to
devices that claim to supply “pure entropy”.