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LibreSSL's PRNG is Unsafe on Linux [Update: LibreSSL fork fix]

Comment by Reader Antoine

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"""It can do better than OpenSSL by killing the process instead of returning an easily-ignored error code."""

Hello? Seriously?? Please, this is not the 1980s anymore. Killing a process on error is a major PITA to anyone writing library code, or bindings for higher-level languages (which usually have a proper exception propagation mechanism, meaning you can't ignore an error return by mistake, you know).

Frankly, anyone who thinks that "killing a process" is a legitimate response for non-catastrophic failures should be banned from writing anything else than throwaway scripts and enterprise frameworks.

| Posted on 2014-07-16 at 00:18:00 UTC by Reader Antoine | Reply to This

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