> I looked at Exynos Pseudo Random Nubmer Generator driver
> (drivers/char/hw_random/exynos-rng.c) and noticed that it always seeds
> the device with jiffies.  Then I looked at few other drivers and found
> that they do not seed themself (or at least I couldn't find this).

HW random interface is meant for true RNG, not pseudo RNG. Actually
PRNGs should use AF_ALG interface. I think exynos-rng.c should follow
the same.

> I think the hw_random API does not provide generic infrastructure for
> seeding.
> What is the preferred approach for seeding a PRNG device? Use jiffies or
> a fixed value?
> Or maybe the interface should be abandoned in favor of crypto API?

AF_ALG interface for rng does have seeding support. I think hw_random
does not provide seeding support intentionally as I understand that
True RNG need not require seeding (please correct me if I am wrong).


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