solaris certification

David Shaw dshaw at
Wed Aug 2 04:59:17 CEST 2006

On Tue, Aug 01, 2006 at 10:07:49PM -0400, Daniel Guido wrote:
> (Please correct me where I'm wrong here)
> I think I can clarify a bit further.  My concerns revolve around the
> RNG in use by GPG prior to Solaris 10 (which comes with functioning
> /dev/[u]random implementation).
> There seems to be 2 options if you're using a version prior to Solaris 10:
> - Use Andreas Maier's SUNrand to emulate /dev/[u]random
> - Use EGD
> Despite the great amount of work put into EGD I'd much rather have a
> /dev/random.  Knowing that, I'd like to use Maier's kernel module, but
> has anyone actually evaluated it and decided that "yes, the output
> from this module IS random to an acceptable degree and it's acceptable
> to use it with GPG"?  Is there any reason why you would not suggest
> using that kernel module to support GPG?

No reason from the GPG perspective: meaning that GPG should
automatically detect that /dev/[u]random exists at ./configure time
and build in the necessary code to talk to it, but also meaning that
you need to decide whether SUNrand is something you want to use.

I don't mean this to imply that SUNrand is bad or weak or anything
like that, just that nobody can make this decision for you.

You might want to play around with


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