[ntp:questions] /dev/random as opposed to //.rnd

coniptor at gmail.com coniptor at gmail.com
Fri May 11 21:55:46 UTC 2007

On May 11, 2:53 pm, Harlan Stenn <s... at ntp.isc.org> wrote:
> coniptor,
> We use OpenSSL for our crypto stuff.
> OpenSSL uses ~/.rndfor some random stuff.
> H

Hi Harlen,

I updated my server and client ntp.conf files to specify the randfile
as /dev/random.
On the server it hung and didn't return right to the prompt after I
issued a /etc/init.d/ntpd restart
I backgrounded it and restarted it again and this time it did return
near as I can tell it hung because /dev/random had rw for u,g, & o but
it reset to just rw on user and now returns so my issue with not being
able to start ntpd and use /dev/random wasn't one to begin with.

Knowing that, is there any reason I shouldn't be able to use openssl
or ntp-keygen with /dev/random directly.
Sorry for commenting on something before thoroughly checking
everything out.

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