batch mode lack of randomness FreeBSD

Michael W. Lucas mwlucas at
Tue Mar 21 14:59:39 CET 2006

On Tue, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:45:47AM -0500, Henry Hertz Hobbit wrote:
> Stef Caunter <stef at> wrote:
> >Is this just the way it is on FreeBSD (4.11-RELEASE)?  There is
> >plenty of randomness in /dev/urandom, and none in /dev/random...

Definitely ask on freebsd-security at

> Can you ask your admin to add the Entropy Gathering Daemon that is
> written in PERL?

I believe you can install this and run it as a regular user, as well,
but I might be wrong.

> I can't speak as to the effectiveness or lack thereof of your method.
> I am tempted to say that it will probably work, but I may be wrong.
> The main point I worry about is when you generate your keys, not when
> encrypting stuff.  Lucas, who is writing a book on encryption using both
> GnuPG and new style PGP uses FreeBSD and I believe he uses the EGD:

Not on FreeBSD, but I've never had to generate large numbers of keys.

> I have no idea how you can get to him because he has finally given
> up on email and your message may be considered to be trash.

I pay more attention to mailing lists than messages sent to me.  Email
is no longer a useful personal communications medium for me.  :-(

Good luck!


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