[Courses] [security] Crypto Scientists Crack Prime Problem

Megan Golding meggolding at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 14 04:00:46 EST 2002

--- Sujita Purushothaman <sujita at mimos.my> wrote:
> what are the general sources of randomness
> people use to issue key pairs?

I've seen a few techniques used: 

Take lots of mouse positions after instructing the user to move the
mouse for some time. The positions wind up seeding the key

Take keyboard input. Ask the user to type "random" stuff and use that
to seed the key generation.

Intel overview on random seed generation:

Tells developers (at a high level) how to obtain random seed data:

Someone from Netscape proposes add'l ways to get random seeds:


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