Author vstinner
Recipients Lukasa, Theodore Tso, christian.heimes, dstufft, larry, lemburg, martin.panter, ncoghlan, vstinner
Date 2016-06-09.08:08:52
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> I wonder what we should do on Linux if /dev/urandom is unavailable and getrandom() would block.

os.urandom(block=False) should raise BlockingIOError if getrandom(GRND_NONBLOCK) fails with EAGAIN and /dev/urandom is not available.

> I don't think that happens. getrandom() actually supports two flags.  The flag GRND_RANDOM tells it "behave like /dev/random".  If you don't pass in GRND_RANDOM, it behaves like "/dev/urandom".  So it's hard to imagine that you could have getrandom() and not have /dev/urandom.

You can imagine a "badly configured" container or chroot where /dev or only /dev/urandom doesn't exist.

When I played with chroot, it was easy to forget /dev/urandom. Since Python uses getrandom() on Linux since Python 3.5, you can imagine that a Python 3.5 user may not notice the lack of /dev/urandom in the common case (urandom initialized), but start to get errors when the container runs before urandom is initialized.
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