Uses too much entropy (Debian Bug #343085)

Simon Josefsson simon at
Fri Jan 4 17:08:03 CET 2008

Werner Koch <wk at> writes:

>> Another solution, how about to refuse to give out entropy to processes
>> not listed in a world-readable but root-writable file
>> /etc/libgcryptd.conf file?
> Well it is experimental and I had similar ideas.  If I remember right I
> implemented the daemon thing when we first talked about the exim problem
> or to help other short-living processes.

So I guess the question is for the exim people: which approach do you

  1) Require that the system run the libgcrypt daemon to maintain a
     global randomness pool.  (Or if the user uses a kernel that doesn't
     have PRNG saturation problems that Linux does... anyone knows if
     FreeBSD or GNU/Hurd have similar issues?)

  2) To make exim link to and call libgcrypt's functions to read and
     update a random seed file instead?

  3) continue discussing other solutions...

For simplicity and non-experimentalness, I would recommend 2).  I can
assist in implementing this in exim, if that would help.  We'd
definitely need a good example of how to do this in the gnutls manual


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