VirtIO random number device
viornd* at virtio? flags 0x00
viornd driver provides a virtual
random number generator using a
virtio(4) entropy device provided by QEMU 1.3 and later, and possibly
by other hypervisors.
As there is currently no way for
determine how much entropy is needed, the second byte of the flags value can
be used to configure how often it should request more entropy from the host.
If the second lowest byte of the flags has a value from 1 to 15,
viornd will ask for 16 bytes of entropy every 15 *
(1 << value) seconds. For example, flags == 0x100 means an interval of
30 seconds, 0x500 means 8 minutes, 0xa00 means 256 minutes, and 0xf00 means
about 6 days. For flags == 0, a default value will be used (currently 8
minutes). If the bit 0x1000 is set in the flags,
viornd will only request entropy from the host once
during system boot.
viornd driver first appeared in
viornd driver was written by