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From "John Carrino (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HADOOP-7225) DataNode.setNewStorageID pulls entropy from /dev/random
Date Thu, 14 Apr 2011 04:34:05 GMT

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John Carrino commented on HADOOP-7225:
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I think this may need to get filed under HDFS instead of Hadoop Common.

> DataNode.setNewStorageID pulls entropy from /dev/random
> -------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-7225
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-7225
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: fs
>    Affects Versions: 0.17.0
>         Environment: linux
>            Reporter: John Carrino
>            Priority: Minor
>   Original Estimate: 10m
>  Remaining Estimate: 10m
>
> DataNode.setNewStorageID uses SecureRandom.getInstance("SHA1PRNG") which always pulls
fresh entropy.  
> It wouldn't be so bad if this were only the 120 bits needed by sha1, but the default
impl of SecureRandom actually uses a BufferedInputStream around /dev/random and pulls 1024
bits of entropy for this one call.
> If you are on a system without much entropy coming in, this call can block and block
others.
> Can we just change this to use "new SecureRandom().nextInt(Integer.MAX_VALUE)" instead?

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