key generation

David Shaw
Tue Feb 26 15:58:01 2002

On Tue, Feb 26, 2002 at 12:46:18PM +0100, Alessandro wrote:
> Hi!
> I use gpg (GnuPG) 1.0.6 on LinuxRH 6.1, and a perl
> script of mine performs a GPG key generation (1024 bits)
> on demand via web, but generation timing is too long for
> browser's timeout ... 'cause low system entropy level.
> GPG should use /dev/random device by default; it's
> possible to force gpg to use /dev/urandom instead?
> If I understand correctly, /dev/urandom
> return data even if the entropy is low rather
> than blocking like /dev/random ... so gpg --key-gen
> should be faster ...

Faster, yes, but lesser quality keys.


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