fwd: What good is this really going to be?

brian moore bem at cmc.net
Tue Dec 8 15:35:56 CET 1998

On Sun, Dec 06, 1998 at 06:17:46PM +0100, Werner Koch wrote:
> "James H. Cloos Jr." <cloos at jhcloos.com> writes:
> > Is there any chance of using the code in the Math-Trulyrandom Perl
> I do not see that this is a cryptographic strong RNG

How do you feel about the one in rndunix?  It seems to work (though a bit
noisy and sorta nasty on load).  It at least doesn't stamp 'INSECURE!' on
a key I just made.

I'd be willing to contribute something to snarf a bunch of bytes from
/dev/audio on Solaris (would have to be suid-root to do that, but
shouldn't be too hard to make safe).

I think some of the residuals from NTP may be useful as well (the
fractional seconds in reftime, for example:
reftime=ba1835f7.03041000  Tue, Dec  8 1998 15:34:15.011, poll=9)

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