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RNDSINK(9) Kernel Developer's Manual RNDSINK(9) NAME rndsink, rndsink_create, rndsink_destroy, rndsink_request, rndsink_schedule, - functions to asynchronously request entropy from the system entropy pool SYNOPSIS #include <sys/rndsink.h> struct rndsink * rndsink_create(size_t bytes, void (*callback)(void *, const void *, size_t), void *arg); void rndsink_destroy(struct rndsink *rndsink); bool rndsink_request(struct rndsink *rndsink, void *buffer, size_t bytes); void rndsink_schedule(struct rndsink *rndsink); DESCRIPTION The rndsink functions support asynchronous requests for entropy from the system entropy pool. Users must call rndsink_create() to create an rndsink which they may then pass to rndsink_request() to request data from the system entropy pool. If full entropy is not available, the system will call a callback when entropy is next available. Users can schedule a callback without requesting data now using rndsink_schedule(). When users no longer need an rndsink, they must pass it to rndsink_destroy(). This API provides direct access to the system entropy pool. Most users should use the cprng(9) API instead, which interposes a cryptographic pseudorandom number generator between the user and the entropy pool. FUNCTIONS rndsink_create(bytes, callback, arg) Create an rndsink for requests of bytes bytes of entropy, which must be no more than RNDSINK_MAX_BYTES. When requested and enough entropy is available, the system will call callback with three arguments: arg, an arbitrary user-supplied pointer; a pointer to a buffer containing the bytes of entropy; and the number of bytes in the buffer, which will always be bytes. The callback will be called in soft interrupt context. rndsink_create() may sleep to allocate memory. rndsink_destroy(rndsink) Destroy an rndsink. rndsink_destroy() may sleep to wait for pending callbacks to complete and to deallocate memory. rndsink_request(rndsink, buffer, bytes) Store bytes bytes derived from the system entropy pool in buffer. If the bytes have full entropy, return true. Otherwise, schedule a callback as if with rndsink_schedule() and return false. In either case, rndsink_request() will store data in buffer. The argument bytes must be the same as the argument to rndsink_create() that was used to create rndsink. May be called at IPL_VM or lower. The caller should use explicit_memset(3) to clear buffer once it has used the data stored there. rndsink_schedule(rndsink) Schedule a callback when the system entropy pool has enough entropy. If a callback is already scheduled, it remains scheduled. May be called at IPL_VM or lower. CODE REFERENCES The rndsink API is implemented in sys/kern/kern_rndsink.c and sys/sys/rndsink.h. SEE ALSO explicit_memset(3), cprng(9), rnd(9) HISTORY The rndsink API first appeared in NetBSD 7.0. NetBSD 8.0 April 10, 2013 NetBSD 8.0