admin at buddhalinux.org
Fri Oct 7 23:35:02 CEST 2005
markus reichelt wrote:
> * Thomas Jones <admin at buddhalinux.org> wrote:
>> John W. Moore III wrote:
>>> Running Knoppix from the CD I encrypted the Linux partition and
>>> it's virtually invisible. (unless one knows my HD size)
>> What do you mean by this statement? Are you referring to the
>> /randomization of the partition by use of dev/urandom?
> on a sidenote, using /dev/urandom is a bad idea. f.e. the standard
> slackware install and other distros as well have the following code
> (or something similar) in /etc/rc.d/rc.S:
The above statement, although worthwhile, is not well founded. I think
it would be better to restate that randomization through utilization of
SOME pseudo-random generators is not recommended. Or maybe even that
some are more recommended than others.
For instance, I utilize the GSL for my system(s). Although, it is not
truly random; it is significantly better to utilize such rng's rather
than default rng's with a cots system.. After all, I don't know anybody
who has the resources to acquire hardware rng's.
However, if you may have a recommendation on how to obtain the highest
amount of sufficiently random number generation; I would be most
interested to hear it. I am always looking for more secure methods to
perform everyday activities.
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