Random Seed for Generating PGP Keys

kendrick eastes keastes at gmail.com
Sun May 24 23:11:48 CEST 2015

On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 10:35 AM, George Lee <george at cmtytech.org> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm interested in seeing if rather than relying on the built-in software
> to generate randomness when creating a PGP key, if it is possible to
> configure GnuPG to use a manually entered random seed. That way I could
> generate a seed using coins, dice, my magic cauldron, etc.
> Is this possible to do? How much entropy in a seed would I need?
> I also imagine that folks might say the software is very good at
> generating random numbers. Feel free to share more details why, e.g. how
> many bits of entropy are provided and how to make sure they're truly
> random. But it would still be helpful to know if the above customization is
> possible.
> Thank you!
> - George

would it not be more reliable and simpler to use a HWRNG to generate

has a list of commercially available generators, and i know i have seen at
least 2 homebrew designs that had source and HW schematics released.

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