gnupg and /dev/random

Lapo Luchini
Wed Apr 9 11:41:00 GMT 2008

Gergely Budai wrote:
> Since the presence of a strong cryptographical random function is the prerequisite of cryptography and some of us are sill going to use Cygwin on Windows 2000 in the future, my question is the following: Would not it be better to configure the future gnupg cygwin releases not to use /dev/random, but the builtin and specially for windows developped randomness entropy gatherer (rndw32.c)?

If we want to change that, it would be better to use a better CSPRNG for 
/dev/random itself, instead of a gnupg-specific work-around.

Personally, I'd use Fortuna for that and would actually volunteer to 
provide a patch, if such a change could be welcome.

Lapo Luchini (OpenPGP & X.509) (Jabber, ICQ, MSN)

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