The perils of security tools

Taral taralx at
Mon May 26 17:19:37 EDT 2008

On 5/26/08, Simon Josefsson <simon at> wrote:
>  For example, reading a lot of data from linux's /dev/urandom will
>  deplete the entropy pool in the kernel, which effectively makes reads
>  from /dev/random stall.  The two devices uses the same entropy pool.

That's a bug in the way the kernel hands out entropy to multiple
concurrent consumers. I don't think it's a semantic issue.

Taral <taralx at>
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