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Corinna Vinschen
Thu May 3 08:53:00 GMT 2001

On Thu, May 03, 2001 at 05:14:17PM +0400, egor duda wrote:
> Hi!
> Thursday, 03 May, 2001 Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> CV> Couldn't you use an instance of fhandler_dev_random?
> ok, here it goes.
> 2001-05-03  Egor Duda  <>
>         * (set_connect_secret): Use /dev/random to
>         generate secret cookie.
> Egor.   ICQ 5165414 FidoNet 2:5020/496.19

> i can. the only thing that worries me i that CryptGenRandom() may block
> for unpredictable and random amount of time.

I never saw that. It's true for /dev/random on U*X platforms but
I found no hint for that in the MSDN. Do you have a source for
that info?

A minor knit. I think it's better to use /dev/urandom instead
of /dev/random for that purpose since it uses the pseudo random
number generator if the CryptoAPI bails out. Base W95 don't have
a CryptoAPI for example and you can avoid an error in
read() when using /dev/urandom.


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