GNUpg v1.01/FreeBSD-20000214-CURRENT

Rémi Guyomarch
Thu, 24 Feb 2000 06:26:55 +0100

On Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 09:11:15AM -0600, Marius Strom wrote:

> Frank,
> I gave it 30 minutes last night while doing lots of things. No change,
> except it started regenerating data and then requested 128 more bytes of
> entropy.
> (Celeron 500.. Would hope gpg keygen wouldn't take 30 mins)
GPG didn't do anything in these 30 minutes, it simply waited for random data to become available from /dev/random. If you're working locally, FreeBSD should collect random data from your typing, but if you're working from an ssh session, the box won't have a good source of entropy to fill /dev/random. You can add rand_irqs="14" to you /etc/rc.conf to use IRQ 14 (IDE) or your SCSI card IRQ as a source of random data. See random(4) and /etc/defaults/rc.conf. I don't think that using your network card IRQ is really secure.