Disclaimers and correction to above wget script
Posted May 23, 2008 2:22 UTC (Fri) by pr1268
In reply to: Wgetting bytes from random.org
Parent article: Appropriate sources of entropy
Standard disclaimers and a correction:
- I claim no liability whatsoever for whatever happens if anyone runs the above script on their computer. Granted, I have tested it on Slackware 12.0, and it appears to work fine.
- Random.org imposes a quota (based on client IP address) for fetching entropy bits from it. Please be mindful of this, as I do not want to blamed for others being denied access due to overuse.
- I seem to have misspelled the last query parameter name. According to Random.org's HTTP interface specification, it should be rnd= instead of md=.
The value of the num= query parameter specifies how many bytes are provided. I'm unsure whether 8 bytes (64 bits) would be preferred for 64-bit Linux users (anyone 64-bit user out there wish to comment on that?).
Finally, my apologies for sounding like a Random.org shill, but there are some really good articles and links on entropy and randomness there.
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