Some time ago, I remember reading an article on randomization in computing, and how random you can actually get a system to be. The article came about, if I'm not mistaken, because of some seemingly minor change in the code, but resulted in a big security vulnerability.
I can't find the article, and I can't recall what bug it was specifically. Searching the web with nothing but a vague recollection of some bug that was fixed a few years back turns out to be harder than I like it to be. I did however, find this. It seems to fit the description, but only touches on openssl.
I was wondering if, by any chance, this bug was broader than just random numbers in openssl, and actually messed up the entire entropy pool. If this bug has nothing to do with the entropy pool, then: was there ever such a bug (one that caused significant reduction in entropy, and thus predictable randomization)? If so, I'd like to know which distro's were/are vulnerable and where to find the reports of these bugs.
If such a bug doesn't exist... I've had a terrible night (insomnia), which has been known to cause hallucinations and delusions in people... forgive me.
To whom it might concern:
The reason for my asking this is because I'm working on some code, and we've been getting a lot of Higgs-Bugson bug-reports. We've been looking into what could be causing certain issues, and it just has to have something to do with predictable randomization.
I can't go into too much detail, given that I, sadly, am not working for an open-source company, and had to sign an NDA.