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Usage of /dev/random

From: Christoph Bartoschek <bartoschek_at_or.uni-bonn.de>
Date: 2005-08-18 15:04:44 CEST

Today i wondered why some commits took so long. Then I started svn commit
with strace and saw for half a minute:

open("/dev/random", O_RDONLY) = 3

Obviously the commit hangs because there is not enough entropy in /dev/random.
Is /dev/urandom really so insecure that one has to use /dev/random?

Christoph Bartoschek

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