Wgetting bytes from random.org
Posted May 24, 2008 3:52 UTC (Sat) by pr1268
In reply to: Wgetting bytes from random.org
Parent article: Appropriate sources of entropy
So how is me writing bytes to /dev/random via a script any different than what my distro (Slackware 12.0) does in rc.S (also a script) when the "carry-over" entropy file (/etc/random-seed) is written to the random device? Other than a difference in quantity of bytes, I see no difference.
My intuition was that /dev/random is (root) writable so that the sysadmin can incorporate additional sources of entropy. I don't mean to sound like I'm arguing, just sincerely interested... Thanks!
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