Bug 1252175 - allow to specify parameters to rngd in /etc/sysconfig [NEEDINFO]
allow to specify parameters to rngd in /etc/sysconfig
Status: NEW
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rng-tools (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jeff Garzik
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-08-10 17:44 EDT by Gerd v. Egidy
Modified: 2018-05-03 04:53 EDT (History)
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Patch to add a rngd file to /etc/sysconfig (1.71 KB, patch)
2015-08-10 17:44 EDT, Gerd v. Egidy
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Description Gerd v. Egidy 2015-08-10 17:44:08 EDT
Created attachment 1061265 [details]
Patch to add a rngd file to /etc/sysconfig

Description of problem:
rngd is run by systemd. But rngd.service currently does not allow to specify any commandline arguments for running rngd.

In some cases it would make sense to e.g. be able to activate Intel DRNG as full entropy source or to pull in random data from another hardware rng whose driver is running in userspace and is offering it's numbers not on /dev/hwrandom. All this is possible with commandline options. 

But currently you have to patch rngd.service when you want to apply them. This conflicts with further updates of the rpm and complicates the task.

So please add the file /etc/sysconfig/rngd to add parameters to rngd.

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Attached is a patch which implements the necessary changes. Please apply or give feedback how it should be improved.
Comment 1 Jamie Lennox 2015-08-10 22:35:16 EDT
Yes please. I was going to file this exact bug for the same reasons. I want to run rngd from systemctl but set the source to something other than /dev/hwrandom.
Comment 2 Jan Kurik 2016-02-24 08:36:23 EST
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 24 development cycle.
Changing version to '24'.

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Comment 3 Ruben Kerkhof 2016-11-16 04:41:46 EST
Yes please. This used to work before this package was converted to systemd.
Comment 4 Ruben Kerkhof 2016-11-22 11:58:50 EST
A simple patch to do this with systemd dropins instead of a file in /etc/sysconfig/rngd  (we have too many of those already) below:

$ git diff rngd.service
diff --git a/rngd.service b/rngd.service
index 33829f6..2f72d64 100644
--- a/rngd.service
+++ b/rngd.service
@@ -2,7 +2,7 @@
 Description=Hardware RNG Entropy Gatherer Daemon
-ExecStart=/sbin/rngd -f
+ExecStart=/usr/sbin/rngd -f $OPTIONS

That way you could do
sudo systemctl edit rngd.service


Jeff, ok to apply?
Comment 5 Gerd v. Egidy 2016-11-23 04:17:08 EST
Using systemctl edit to set the options would work for me too.
Comment 6 Fedora End Of Life 2017-02-28 04:48:13 EST
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 26 development cycle.
Changing version to '26'.
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