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Old 02-18-2017, 12:02 AM   #1
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LXer: How to install pandom: a true random number generator


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This tutorial explains how to install pandom: a timing jitter true random number generator maintained by ncomputers.org. The built-in Linux kernel true random number generator provides low throughput under modern circumstances, as for example: personal computers with solid state drives (SSD) and virtual private servers (VPS). This problem is becoming popular in Linux implementations, because of the continuously increasing need for true random numbers, mainly by diverse cryptographic purposes.

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Old 02-18-2017, 04:50 AM   #2
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It would be nice if, somewhere, there was an explanation of how this magical software works. I'm very sceptical of somebody claiming to be able to do something so tough better than the people working on it within the Linux kernel.
 
Old 02-18-2017, 11:27 AM   #3
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This is the singular article on pandom, and it's urging people to install it.

If you're not an expert and willing to get your box owned up by installing random radioactive waste from the web, you should consider not replacing your distribution's random number generator, especially not this one.

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This is the singular article on pandom, and it's urging people to install it.

If you're not an expert and willing to get your box owned up by installing random radioactive waste from the web, you should consider not replacing your distribution's random number generator, especially not this one.
Well said! I was attempting to be diplomatic but, reading your post, I agree that there is something very wrong here and it ought not to be trusted at all until verified.
Mind you, to my mind unless somebody like Mr Schneier is either involved or approves it it's probably either malicious or just rubbish.
 
  


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