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From Luc Maisonobe <>
Subject Re: svn commit: r418646 - /jakarta/commons/proper/math/trunk/src/test/org/apache/commons/math/random/
Date Mon, 03 Jul 2006 23:12:28 GMT
Martin van den Bemt wrote :

> I read somewhere that linux will speed up doing encryption when eg the 
> keyboard is used (those tokens are used in the linux SecureRandom 
> generator.

It is true when the generator is based on bytes read from the 
/dev/random device, false when /dev/urandom device is used. The former 
can block read access when the entropy pool gathering environmental 
noise is empty. This pool is replenished when events caused by keyboard 
use, mouse motion and interrupts from disk or other devices. This is the 
price to pay for cryptographically secure randomness except if you 
motherborad has some hardware-based random generator chip supported by 
the kernel (I think there are some) ... However this is far beyond the 
scope of this list.


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