In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Alexander Langer writ
>Thus spake Poul-Henning Kamp ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
>> I have thought about adding a entropy server to my array of weird
>> servers in my lab.  Something like a Geiger counter and a smokedetector
>> could do wonders.
>HA! Cool!
>Do that please!
>I mean, seriously.
>And an option to sysinstall, where you can enable this as you can with
>ntpdate :)


NTP is the perfect way to gather entropy at bootup!

Predicting the clock's offset from reality and the two way path to
the server of choice is impossible, plus if people enable authentication
later on the packets will be choke full of high-quality entropy.

We need an enterprising soul to add an option (default on) to
ntpdate to write the received packets in toto to /dev/random
if it exists.

If somebody does this, I will spear-head the effort of getting it
into the ntpv4 sources (Hmm, don't  I have a commit bit there
already ?  Can't remember...)

Poul-Henning Kamp       | UNIX since Zilog Zeus 3.20
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