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== on the bashing of /dev/urandom ==
{{Note|This section was moved from [[Talk:Dm-crypt_with_LUKS]].}}
I don't take an opinion on whether old overwritten data can be read.
However, there is an unrelated reason to fill a LUKS partition from {{ic|/dev/urandom}} before LUKS-initializing it (and after checking for bad blocks if you wanted to do that).
It makes it harder for people trying to read your disk and find out what's on it.  If you filled it with zeroes, for example, then they would be able to tell which portions of the partition had been written to since you initialized it.
compare gentoo docs, http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/DM-Crypt_with_LUKS#Filling_the_disk_with_random_data --[[User:Idupree|Idupree]] 22:45, 3 March 2010 (EST)
:Agreed, {{ic|/dev/urandom}} should be used to clear partitions, at least as default in the examples. If anyone wants to zero the partitions instead of using random data, they are free to do so. --[[User:Montschok|Montschok]] 20:53, 11 August 2010 (EDT)
== <s>Links with content</s> ==
This is to provide some links which may be useful, if this page is going to be expanded.
Proposals to renew the linux /dev/random:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTI5NzY leading to http://lkml.indiana.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1302.1/00479.html
and an article on /dev/random robustness (current; June 2013): 
--[[User:Indigo|Indigo]] ([[User talk:Indigo|talk]]) 11:12, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
:Very interesting, we could add them to the See also section as a start, right? -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] ([[User talk:Kynikos|talk]]) 13:38, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
::Ok, fine. I added them. Maybe the LKML one can be put more into context sometime later. closing this. --[[User:Indigo|Indigo]] ([[User talk:Indigo|talk]]) 22:58, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

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