POP3 stops accepting connections?

Andreas Hasenack andreas at conectiva.com.br
Fri Apr 22 08:59:55 EDT 2005

On Fri, Apr 22, 2005 at 03:05:09AM +0100, Scott Bye wrote:
> An update - just done an strace, and it seems to be stalling sometimes
> when trying to read from /dev/random. I'm guessing that because
> /dev/random is fed from user input, when there is no user input -
> being a server - entropy runs low and the kernel blocks access.
> Sure enough, catting /dev/random reveals only the most pathetic amount
> of data. I've removed /dev/random and symlinked /dev/urandom instead.
> Is this likely to cause me any problems?

I think so. I had the exact same problem on a server which just handles
ssl/tls connections. SASL was changed to read from /dev/random by

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