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Sources for entropy

From: Kenneth Østby
Subject: Sources for entropy
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 09:41:04 +0200

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From: Kenneth Østby <kenneth.ostby@gmail.com>
Date: Jun 13, 2007 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: Sources for entropy
To: Michael Casadevall <sonicmctails@gmail.com>


On 6/13/07, Michael Casadevall <sonicmctails@gmail.com> wrote:
I was curious on what data I should use as entropy; I know to get data from
the keyboard and mouse, but I'm not sure what else. Any advise would
be welcome.

disk IO would be a nice thing to gather entropy from, I've also read something
using the network stack to gather entropy. However, the problem with using the network
stack for entropy is that it is more open for analysis. This is also an issue with gathering
entropy from Disk IO. During the startup of your machine, the same amount of files will be
read leaving your entropy not so random. There are solutions to this though.

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