Do not use GnuPG under Mac OS RNG

Gordon Worley
Wed Jun 27 18:37:01 2001

At 12:14 PM -0400 6/27/01, Gordon Worley wrote:

>At 9:38 AM -0400 6/27/01, Gordon Worley wrote:
>>Okay, first, let's make sure we're talking about the same thing.
>>rndunix is what I'm getting if I call rnd(), correct? I assumed
>>that's what you meant, but I thought I'd better check. If this is
>>it, yes, the patterns are horrible, often generating alternative
>>odd and even numbers and such other obvious patterns.
>Okay, we seemed to be saved. I can't find rndunix on my system
>anywhere; the only place randomness comes from is stdlib from
>rand(). From what I can tell, the reason for getting such unrandom
>numbers is because rndunix is not used. Could someone working with
>Darwin directly confirm (I'm going to try to check this out myself,
>but if someone could confirm for me, that would just as good)?
Looking around the source code I couldn't find anything, but then I don't know Darwin that well, so maybe I just couldn't find it. Anyway, if the case is as I have restated it, egd should be safe on OS X, correct? -- Gordon Worley PGP Fingerprint: C462 FA84 B811 3501 9010 20D2 6EF3 77F7 BBD3 B003