Questions about key generation and RNG

Werner Koch wk at
Thu Sep 2 15:02:44 CEST 2010

On Thu,  2 Sep 2010 13:09, eocsor at said:

> Depends. Is there some reason to trust EGD over /dev/random? You're

EGD is a kludge for systems lacking /dev/random.  The kernel is the best
place to collect entropy; all kind of user processes to do this are a
second choice.

EGD was written to solve a problem with the internal rndunix entropy
collector of GPG: GPG is a short living process and needs to run all
the unix tools to collect entropy; after that entropy has been used GPG
terminates and any left entropy is lost.  EGD solves this wasting
entropy problem.



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