[fwd] --gen-key (Need 300 more bytes) (from: olibode@optushome.com.au)

Anthony David adavid@deetya.gov.au
Tue, 8 Aug 2000 10:41:25 +1000 (EST)

Werner Koch <wk@gnupg.org> writes:

> From: "Oliver Bode" <olibode@optushome.com.au>
> Subject: --gen-key (Need 300 more bytes)
> To: <gnupg-users@gnupg.org>
> Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2000 22:16:21 +1000
> Hello,
> Our ISP just installed gnupg for us on our server. However, I'm getting an
> error that I would like to sort out
> Each time I try to generate keys I get the following:
> Not enough random bytes available. Please do some other work to give
> the OS a chance to collect more entropy! (Need 300 more bytes)
> I don't seem to have any control over this and my telnet program hangs up.
> In the documentation it says:
> --gen-key Generate a new key pair. This command can only be used
> interactive.
> How can I become interactive? Is this the problem?
Telnet is interactive. Telnet is not a good way to go however, especially over a cable modem as it is trivial to sniff other traffic. Wiretapped Australia reported a number of other security issues with Optus@home. Use ssh so when other users on your subnet hijack your session, they will only get encrypted data and not your passwords. Better still, generate the keys on a standalone Linux/*BSD box and get your ISP to install them via floppy. If you still think the risk is OK, run a find command agaist a large filesystem in the background while you gen your keys on the server. Hope this helps Regards -- ========================================================= Gambling: A discretionary tax on | Anthony David those who were asleep during high | Systems Administrator school mathematics classes | -- Archive is at http://lists.gnupg.org - Unsubscribe by sending mail with a subject of "unsubscribe" to gnupg-users-request@gnupg.org