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From "Life is hard, and then you die." <ron...@innovation.ch>
Subject Re: Updated mod_digest
Date Thu, 31 Dec 1998 10:53:12 GMT

On Wed, 30 Dec 1998, Dirk-WIllem van Gulik wrote:
> 
> Although there are some entertainging bugs, the biggest difference I
> found between FreeBSDs and Linux random device; is that linux seems to
> need a lot more entropy before it outputs extra 'bits'. Both will block
> on read() if there is not enough entropy. Note also the urand and rand
> devices which do not have this limit; but which are less pure entropy
> based (but which are IMHO just as 'good' for most rsa purposes as the
> numbers are hard to predict based on older ones and sufficiently
> different)

Are you saying that FreeBSD has /dev/rand and /dev/urand in addition to
/dev/random and /dev/urandom? If so, what is the difference between
/dev/rand and /dev/urand?


  Cheers,

  Ronald


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