best way to create entropy?

Lex van Roon r3boot at r3blog.nl
Fri Oct 12 09:30:13 UTC 2012


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Hi Shawn,

On 12/10/12 02:01, shawn wilson wrote:
> in the past, i've done many different things to create entropy - 
> encode videos, watch youtube, tcpdump -vvv > /dev/null, compiled a 
> kernel. but, what is best? just whatever gets your cpu to peak or
> are some tasks better than others?
> 

Not necessary the best way, but haveged* might be interesting to try
out. It generates entropy based on differences in the cpu timestamp
counters. Linux-only though.

gr, Lex

*) http://www.issihosts.com/haveged/

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