Weird pop3d hang problem (fd blocked?!)

Etienne Goyer etienne.goyer at
Thu Jun 5 14:35:15 EDT 2003

On Linux, there is the i810_rng driver that can gather entropy from some
Intel chipset hardware random number generator.  Debian have a package
to use this driver as feed for the kernel entropy pool.

My 0.02$

On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 07:03:31PM +0100, Patrick Welche wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 11:14:47AM +1000, Stewart wrote:
> > Thanks for your reply Patrick (all 8 of them :) but i was hoping 
> > there'd be a fix that didn't involve compiling.. this is a production 
> > server installed from a debian pkg so compilation isn't really an 
> > option at this stage..
> Last time I ran out of entropy, I had to log in and do a
>   ls -R /
> to get the password prompt :-) I believe moving the mouse might also
> work, but as said box has no keyboard/mouse/monitor, and as collection
> from network packet timestamps is now deemed unsafe as the network
> traffic may be styled by an attacker(!) the number of sources of
> entropy are sadly low - time of disk access when most data remains
> in NetBSD's Unified Buffer Cache (that's why the ls worked)? So, I went
> for the recompile...
> Maybe you have a Debian bell/whistle for this instead?
> Good luck,
> Patrick

Etienne Goyer                    Linux Québec Technologies Inc.       etienne.goyer at

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