test, and password generator

Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams ignacio at openservices.net
Tue Aug 28 12:58:47 CEST 2001


On Tue, 28 Aug 2001, Will Ware wrote:

> Paul Rubin wrote:
>
> > If you're running linux, you should get random data by reading bytes
> > from /dev/urandom.
>
> That would be better. But whenever I test things like this, I get
> compulsive and run it so many times that I exhaust the entropy pool,
> and then my read() of /dev/random just sits there. I'd be curious to
> know if you have any clever thoughts on replenishing the entropy
> pool quicker without losing much security.

In the Linux kernel mailing list they have a patch going around that can add
to entropy in /dev/random from your network traffic. Grab the patch, stream
MP3s between machines, and have fun :)

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Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams  <ignacio at openservices.net>





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