[cryptography] Quality of HAVEGE algorithm for entropy?

Sandy Harris sandyinchina at gmail.com
Tue Nov 26 10:56:30 EST 2013


On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 6:46 PM, coderman <coderman at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM, Fabio Pietrosanti (naif)
> <lists at infosecurity.ch> wrote:
>> ...
>> i found such a very nice piece of software that's said to provide added
>> entropy using HAVEGE algorithm:
>> http://www.issihosts.com/haveged/
>> http://www.irisa.fr/caps/projects/hipsor/
>>
>> Any opinion on the usefulness of that kind of tool as an additional
>> entropy source for crypto operations on a Linux system?
>
> do it yesterday!  i have been using this (haveged) for many years, in
> addition to physical entropy sources, and it is very much a useful
> addition to host entropy sources.

Yes.

See here for another one, possibly more suitable on very limited
systems like phones or routers, and a PDF that discusses several
others including Havege.
ftp://ftp.cs.sjtu.edu.cn:990/sandy/maxwell/


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