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Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

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Linux supremo Linus Torvalds has snubbed a petition calling for his open-source kernel to spurn the Intel processor instruction RdRand for generating random numbers - feared to be nobbled by US spooks to produce cryptographically weak values.

Torvalds branded the England-based bloke who created the petition, Kyle Condon, “ignorant”. The head Penguista said anyone who backed the call to remove RdRand from his operating system kernel should learn how crypto works.

The fiery Finn wrote at the bottom of Condon’s call to action on Change.org: “Where do I start a petition to raise the IQ and kernel knowledge of people? Guys, go read drivers/char/random.c. Then, learn about cryptography. Finally, come back here and admit to the world that you were wrong.

“Short answer: we actually know what we are doing. You don't.”

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Also: Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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