Gratuitous gcry_fast_random_poll

Werner Koch wk at
Sun May 9 09:55:18 CEST 2004

On Sat, 08 May 2004 11:09:59 +0300, Nikos Mavroyanopoulos said:

> I was just wondering how many times is /dev/random accessed? I
> though that it opened only once in the initialization of the
> random pool. I ask because I came across a server the used fork

Exactly.  The random pool will be filled up and unless you have a seed
file this will use /dev/random.  A fork will reuse the same pool but
due to the two stage mixing the random won't match.


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