Subject: Re: problem with security/GnuPG on -current/sparc
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jon Buller <email@example.com>
Date: 11/29/2002 09:14:57
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com writes:
>> My guess is that it doesn't seem to know when it found
>> a good key, and keeps trying more.
>Did you read
>http://www.gnupg.org/faq.html#q4.2 ??? You should...
No, missed that one... oops. But that does not appear to be it.
>The dots indicate that gnupg needs more random numbers. Just move your mouse (
>when you're using X) or press some keys. You can also check available random n
>umbers with rndctl -s.
Except that rndctl -s went from 4096 bits in the pool before starting
--gen-keys to 0 immediately after, then it quickly climbed to, and
stayed at, 4096. When I saw it low, I started a find / > /dev/null
to fill the pool, but I quickly killed it when the pool was close
Also, if it was waiting for more random bits, I would expect the
CPU load to be quite low, but top reports it as the most CPU bound
process on the machine. Finally, lsof reports that it is using
/dev/urandom, not /dev/random, and the rndctl manpage says
"/dev/urandom Always returns data, degenerates to a pseudo-random
I believe the dots do not signify that it is waiting for more random
bits, but is reporting progress on finding some prime numbers to
use as a key. I was hoping someone had run into this recently, or
could verify the problem. (Or even provide a workaround.) Guess
I'll need to start playing with GCC options and digging into the
GnuPG source code. (Which I do not feel the most qualified or